Corporate Power and Carboniferous Capitalism

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 12:30-14:00
Location: Hörsaal II (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC02 Economy and Society (host committee)

Language: English

Since the industrial revolution, capitalism has been carboniferous, with increasingly serious ecological implications. This session welcomes papers that map and explore the social organization of corporate power in and around the carbon-extractive sector, broadly defined (including petroleum and bitumen, natural gas, coal, and transport via pipelines and other means), whether extracted using “conventional” or unconventional methods.
Papers may focus on any of a variety of modalities through which corporate power is expressed, including the strategic control of firms, elite networks, the allocative power of finance, operational power exercised within corporate chains of command, the power inscribed within transnational commodity chains, cultural power via media relations and corporate social responsibility initiatives, and political power vis-à-vis state bodies. While the social organization of corporate power is the main focus, papers that address how that power is contested in the struggle for a just transition to a better world are also welcome.
Session Organizer:
William CARROLL, University of Victoria, Canada
Jean Philippe SAPINSKI, University of Oregon, USA
Modalities of Corporate Power in Carboniferous Capitalism: An Overview
William CARROLL, University of Victoria, Canada
The Coal Rush and Beyond: India, Germany, Australia
James GOODMAN, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
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