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CPRT Expert Dialogue: CPR & The History of Corporate Political Rights

February 10, 2022 @ 12:00 pm EST

  • As business leaders wrestle with whether and how to adjust their political influences in response to increasing scrutiny from employees, customers, investors and the public, few are familiar with how the legal frameworks and norms for corporate political involvement have shifted over time. This can lead them to assume that current challenges are unsolvable, especially in an increasingly polarized and contentious US sociopolitical environment.  Understanding historical context and how it has shaped current corporate political influence practices can open up new, more effective options for companies under pressure and others concerned about business’ influence on representative democracy.

    Please join us for an interactive dialogue with Adam Winkler, Connell Professor of Law at UCLA Law School, and Vikramaditya S. Khanna, William W. Cook Professor of Law at Michigan Law where we will explore:

    • How have corporate political rights evolved over time in the US? How is this reflected in the law?

    • How have these legal changes impacted corporate political influence norms and practice? What difference has this made, for business and society?

    • What are the emerging trends in corporate political influence, and what legal debates are these prompting?


February 10, 2022
12:00 pm EST
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