Capitalism and Global Governance in Business History: A Roundtable Discussion

51 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2022

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Sabine Pitteloud

Harvard Business School; University of Geneva - Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences

Grace Ballor

Bocconi University

Patricia Clavin

University of Oxford

Nicolás M. Perrone

Escuela de Derecho, Universidad de Valparaíso

Neil Rollings

University of Glasgow - Faculty of Social Sciences

Quinn Slobodian

Wellesley College

Date Written: June 29, 2022

Abstract

This working paper brings together a diverse group of scholars to discuss the historiography of capitalism, business history and global governance and lay the foundations for further research in this area. Grace Ballor and Sabine Pitteloud open the discussion with a historiographical survey of the ways capitalism and its actors – in particular entrepreneurs and managers, firms and business associations – have interacted with international organizations and global governance frameworks. This literature review lays the foundation for contributions from four leading scholars and their perspectives on the past, present, and future of research in this area. Patricia Clavin discusses capitalism and governance through the dynamics of international relations, while Nicolás Perrone brings a lawyer’s perspective to the public-private creation of international rules; Neil Rollings thinks about firms, governments, and global governance through both continuities and change, and Quinn Slobodian applies the analytical framework of international political economy to the evolving relationships between states and markets on a global scale. Our collective examination of business and international order aims to offer critical scholarly insight on the 20th and 21st centuries and outline future research agendas for what promises to be an increasingly rich field of study.

Keywords: governance; capitalism, business history, multinational corporation, Business and Government Relations, business and society, business and the environment, international relations, regulation, business interest association, lobbying, private governance, state-business relations, political risk, Neo-

Suggested Citation

Pitteloud, Sabine and Ballor, Grace and Clavin, Patricia and Perrone, Nicolas Marcelo and Rollings, Neil and Slobodian, Quinn, Capitalism and Global Governance in Business History: A Roundtable Discussion (June 29, 2022). Harvard Business School General Management Unit Working Paper No. 22-081, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4151101 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4151101

Sabine Pitteloud (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School ( email )

Boston, MA 02163
United States

University of Geneva - Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences ( email )

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Geneva, CH-1211
Switzerland

Grace Ballor

Bocconi University

Via Sarfatti, 25
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

Patricia Clavin

University of Oxford ( email )

Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

Nicolas Marcelo Perrone

Escuela de Derecho, Universidad de Valparaíso ( email )

Chile

Neil Rollings

University of Glasgow - Faculty of Social Sciences ( email )

Adam Smith Building
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8RT
United Kingdom

Quinn Slobodian

Wellesley College

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