PSCI 387
The Firm Spring 2023
Division II

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The rise of gigantic tech firms–Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon–has sparked widespread worries about the role of business power in capitalist democracy. Are these firms monopolies? How can they be better regulated? Should they be? This course studies the politics of business by centering analysis on the firm. From the perspective of the workplace, we investigate the firm as an arena of power, where workers and managers meet each other in continuous contests for control. From the perspective of the public sphere, we investigate the firm as an actor whose power maps uneasily onto the channels of democratic representation. Approaching the firm as both arena and actor in a number of capitalist democracies, we will compare the politics of business across different sectors, but will focus especially on tech and finance.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3929
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation; two 5- to 7-page essays; one presentation; one final essay.
Prerequisites: One introductory course in political science or economics, and/or permission of the instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors majoring in PSCI and POEC.
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
PSCI Comparative Politics Courses

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