Book Launch – The New Corporation by Joel Bakan

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Book Launch – The New Corporation by Joel Bakan

Thursday, September 24 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT


This event will be broadcast online and is welcome to all – there is no login or registration required to tune in from the comfort of home. Click here to watch the livestream.


Author and film-maker Joel Bakan joins Massey College Principal Nathalie Des Rosiers for a conversation with Junior Fellow and JD/MSc candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Anna Wong and Professor David Schneiderman, from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, to discuss Bakan’s The New Corporation: How “Good” Corporations Are Bad for Democracy.


*Note that, for this special event, the College is offering a few spots for people to attend the taping in person at Massey College in the Junior Common Room. Registration is required for in-person attendance in order to ensure and maintain proper physical distancing. We ask that Massey College community members RSVP below in order to attend the book launch in person.


Click here to purchase your copy of The New Corporation available online from The U of T Bookstore.


From the author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power comes this deeply informed and unflinching look at the way corporations have slyly rebranded themselves as socially conscious entities ready to tackle society’s problems, while CEO compensation soars, income inequality is at all-time highs, and democracy sits in a
precarious situation.

Over the last decade and a half, business leaders, Silicon Valley executives, and the Davos elite have been calling for a new kind of capitalism. The writing was on the wall. With income inequality soaring, wages stagnating, and a
climate crisis escalating, it was no longer viable to justify harming the environment and ducking taxes in the name of shareholder value. Business leaders realized that to get out in front of these problems, they had to make
social and environmental values the very core of their messaging. Their essential pitch was: Who could be better suited to address major societal issues than efficiently run corporations? There is just one small problem with their
doing well by doing good pitch. Corporations are still, ultimately, answerable to their shareholders, and doing well always comes first.

This essential truth lies at the heart of Joel Bakan’s argument. In lucid and engaging prose, Bakan lays bare a litany of immoral corporate actions and documents corporate power grabs dressed up as social initiatives. He makes clear the urgency of the problem of the corporatization of society itself and shows how people are fighting back and making gains on a grassroots level.



Joel Bakan was born in Lansing, Michigan, and relocated as a youth with his family to Vancouver, where he is now a professor of law at the University of British Columbia. He co-wrote The Corporation (03), which was based on his book of the same name. The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (20), co-directed with Jennifer Abbott, is his directorial debut.


David Schneiderman is Professor of Law and Political Science. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1984 where he practised law and then served as Research Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in Toronto from 1986-89. He was Executive Director of the Centre for Constitutional Studies, an interdisciplinary research institute, at the University of Alberta from 1989-99. Professor Schneiderman has authored numerous articles on Canadian federalism, the Charter of Rights, Canadian constitutional history, and constitutionalism and globalization. He has authored Constitutionalizing Economic Globalization: Investment Rules and Democracy’s Promise (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and co-authored The Last Word: Media Coverage of the Supreme Court of Canada with Florian Sauvageau and David Taras (UBC Press, 2006). He also has edited several books, including The Quebec Decision (1999); Charting the Consequences: The Impact of the Charter of Rights on Canadian Law and Politics (1997) with Kate Sutherland; Police Powers in Canada: The Police Power in History, Law, and Politics (1993) with R.C. MacLeod; Social Justice and the Constitution: Perspectives on a Social Union for Canada (1992) with Joel Bakan; and Freedom of Expression and the Charter (1991). He is founding editor of the quarterly Constitutional Forum Constitutionnel and founding editor-in-chief of the journal Review of Constitutional Studies.





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Thursday, September 24
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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Junior Common Room
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada


Massey College