The Corporate Person and Democratic Politics

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complicationss uch rightsp resentt o theorieso f democracyW. hile corporatep ersonhoodh as generateds ignificant debatei n the field of jurisprudencei,t has gone largelyu nnoticedi n democratict heory.T his articlef irst highlightss ignificantf eaturesi n the legal theorya nd standingo f corporatep ersonhood.I t then criticallyc onsidersh ow well one significantc urrenta pproacht o democratict heory,d eliberatived emocracyi,s situatedt o handlec orporationas s entitiesw ith politicalr ights.T he essayc losesb y arguingt hatt he collisionb etweenl egal practices that recognize political rights of persons that may not be human individuals and political theories that presume individual human beings as the primary political subjects reveals the need for a broader conceptiono f agencyi n democraticth eory.S ucha conceptiono f agencyw ould, by freeingi tselfo f simplea ssumptions of humans ubjectivityb, e more attunedt o varioust ypes of inequalityo f powert hat frustrated emocratic decisionmaking.

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