Is There a Cure for Corporate ‘‘Psychopathy’’?

Source: Ian B. Lee

CitizenHas corporate law created a monster? This article explores three recent indictments of corporate law that suggest that the constitutive law of corporations is responsible for a monstrous flaw in the institutional character of the Anglo-American public corporation.

Specifically, its exclusive focus on profits. Constitutional lawyer Joel Bakan has argued, in The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power that the law constitutes the corporation as a dangerous psychopath. Bakan follows in the footsteps of Lawrence Mitchell, a corporate law scholar, who a few years ago compared the corporation to ‘‘a golem that can never be called back’’ in Corporate Irresponsibility: America’s Newest Export.

In a relatively unknown work, Reinventing Aristocracy: The Constitutional Reformation of Corporate Governance, constitutional theorist Andrew Fraser characterized the corporation, less colorfully but no less disparagingly, as an uncivilized power.

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