War and the Business Corporation

46 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2002

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Eric W. Orts

University of Pennsylvania - Legal Studies Department

Date Written: January 18, 2002


This paper addresses the relationship between modern warfare and the business corporation. It reviews contemporary theories of war, emphasizing the potentially disorienting and disruptive influences of economic globalization. It then reconsiders the nature and purposes of the business corporation in light of the serious legal, political, and ethical issues posed by contemporary war. Far from an "end of history" in corporate law, contemplating the nature of war and its interactions with business corporations suggests that much work remains to be done to construct the institutional structures needed to achieve the elusive goal of global peace as well as economic prosperity.

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Orts, Eric Wills, War and the Business Corporation (January 18, 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=298822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.298822

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