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Giving as Governance? Philanthrocapitalism and Modern-Day Slavery Abolitionism

42 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2016 Last revised: 16 Mar 2016

Janie A. Chuang

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: October 11, 2015

Abstract

This Essay examines the potential influence of a new breed of actor in the global antitrafficking arena: the venture philanthropist, or “philanthrocapitalist.” Philanthrocapitalists have already helped rebrand “trafficking” as “modern-day slavery,” and have expressed their ambitions to lead global efforts to eradicate the problem. With their deep financial resources and access to powerful networks, philanthrocapitalists hold tremendous power to shape the future trajectory of the antitrafficking movement. This Essay warns, however, against the possibility that philanthrocapitalists could also reconfigure the landscape of global antitrafficking policymaking, marginalizing or even displacing other actors’ efforts to address the problem.

Keywords: philanthrocapitalism, slavery, trafficking, forced labor

Suggested Citation

Chuang, Janie A., Giving as Governance? Philanthrocapitalism and Modern-Day Slavery Abolitionism (October 11, 2015). UCLA Law Review, Vol. 62, 2015; American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2016-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2702615

Janie A. Chuang (Contact Author)

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