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Corporations and American Democracy: Book Panel Discussion & Reception with The Tobin Project

  • When: May 24, 2017, 6–7:30 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Chicago IL 60611

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On May 24, 2017,  please join The Tobin Project at the American Bar Foundation for a reception and panel discussion with volume contributors on the historical insights of Corporations and American Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2017). Refreshments will be served.

About Corporations and American Democracy

The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has provoked passionate debate about the proper role of corporations in American democracy among academics, policymakers, and the public alike. From judicial opinions and dissents to the op-ed pages of newspapers, many have opined on the nature of corporate rights and responsibilities. To date, however, this discourse has remained primarily political, if not polemical. Many participants in this debate have made assertions about the history of the corporation in the United States that are at best outdated and all too often lack scholarly foundation.


This forthcoming volume provides the historical grounding missing from these debates. Fourteen leading historians have come together to tell the complicated story of the corporation's place in American democracy from the Founding Era to the recent past. With both detailed study of seminal moments of change and cross-cutting assessment of general trends, Corporations and American Democracy is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the American polity has wrestled with the possibilities and dangers of the corporate form throughout our nation's history. Through their detailed exploration of the historical record, the authors reveal America's long, surprising, and largely uninterrupted history of attempting to channel corporate power to protect and enhance democracy. 

The Panelists 

The event panelists are William J. Novak, co-editor of Corporations and American Democracy, former American Bar Foundation Fellow, and the Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, as well as chapter contributors Ajay K. Mehrotra, ABF Executive Director and professor of law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Jonathan Levy, a professor of U.S. History at the University of Chicago, and Daniel Crane, the Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. 

Space for this event is limited. Please RSVP here. Questions? Please email Jenny Montagne.

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