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Voluntary Associations, Corporate Rights, and the State: Legal Constraints on the Development of American Civil Society, 1750–1900

Ruth H. Bloch and Naomi R. Lamoreaux

in Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226426365
eISBN:
9780226426532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226426532.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

The freedom of citizens to form voluntary associations has long been viewed as an essential ingredient of modern civil society. Our chapter revises the standard Tocquevillian account of associational ... More


Corporate “Death Penalty”: Executing Charter Revocation

John G. Dale

in Free Burma: Transnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816646463
eISBN:
9781452945897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816646463.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter is concerned with the first of two campaigns organized by Free Burma activists against the Unocal Oil Corporation. This campaign sought to mobilize Californians to petition for the ... More


Soulless Monsters and Iron Horses: The Civil War, Institutional Change, and American Capitalism

Sean Patrick Adams

in Capitalism Takes Command: The Social Transformation of Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226451091
eISBN:
9780226977997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226977997.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The government had long been in charge of the regulation of the economy and maintenance of the social order, but the Civil War changed all that. Aside from saving the Union and ending slavery, it ... More


The Sovereign Gift

Joshua Barkan

in Corporate Sovereignty: Law and Government under Capitalism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816674268
eISBN:
9781452947358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816674268.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter examines early modern corporate sovereignty as it materialized from medieval religious thought. It analyzes Thomas Hobbes’ political theory and William Blackstone’s writings on the ... More


The Great Demarcation Between Public and Private

Gordon S. Wood

in Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780197546918
eISBN:
9780197546949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197546918.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

One of the major consequences of the Revolution was a clarification of the demarcation between private and public. In the ancien régime of the colonial period, the distinction between private and ... More


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