2020 Conversations - Critical junctures: Reimagining regulatory governance (Webinar 3: Corporations)

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Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 20 October 2020


Online Event


Emeritus Professor Peter Drahos, Dr Jensen Sass, Professor Stephen Bell, Professor Susan Sell


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

This is the third webinar in the 2020 Conversations- Critical junctures: Reimagining regulatory governance webinar series.

Event 3 - Corporations

Tuesday 20 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

National economies are currently on life support and yet giant corporations continue to consolidate their central role within regulatory capitalism. The financial dominance of the world’s most powerful firms is met with a growing capacity to shape the direction of scientific advance and the aims of policy across many domains. With COVID, corporations search for vaccines, manufacture PPE, develop tracing apps, and manage vast hospital networks. But as private firms become increasingly central to the governance of democratic societies, they open themselves to political contention and new forms of regulation. Previously ‘global’ firms are compelled to choose geopolitical sides as the tech economy merges with the security state; regulators everywhere seek to curb platform corporations whose threat to elections and social cohesion becomes common knowledge. While these developments may seem profound the GFC reminds us that crisis-driven choices in political economy can soon be undone.

About the speakers

Peter Drahos is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University (ANU). He is Professor of Law and Governance at the European University Institute, Florence and holds a Chair in Intellectual Property Queen Mary, University of London. Peter holds degrees in law, politics and philosophy and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor. He has published widely in law and social science journals on a variety of topics including contract, legal philosophy, telecommunications, intellectual property, trade negotiations and international business regulation.

Jensen Sass is a Braithwaite Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). His work spans normative democratic theory (in particular collective deliberation) and the empirical study of large corporations, disruptive technologies, and the public sphere. He has published across a number of leading journals including Political Theory, Comparative Sociology, and The Journal of Political Philosophy. He is currently completing a political biography of the American biotechnology firm Monsanto.

Stephen Bell is Professor of political economy in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. His main teaching and research interests focus on questions of governance and institutional development with special reference to the politics of economic policy and the political economy of monetary policy and banking. He is the author or editor of nine books and has published widely in leading national and international journals.

(Chair) Susan Sell is a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). She earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of California – Berkeley. She taught at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate School before joining the George Washington University. There, she was a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. She served as Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington from 2007-2012. Susan’s research interests include the politics of intellectual property, trade, investment and private power.

Other events in the 2020 Conversations webinar series:

Event 4 - Complexity

Tuesday 27 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

View event details and register here

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