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Workshop | Corporate Capture and the Environmental Emergency | March 28-29

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The Paris School of Economics organized a workshop on "Corporate Capture and the Environmental Emergency" on March 28 and 29, 2024.

  • Dates: Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29, 2024
  • Venue: Paris School of Economics
    48 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris, Daniel Cohen amphitheater


Forty years ago, the “neoliberal revolution” spread across the world in waves of privatization, deregulation and tax reduction. The promise was that free market competition would unleash entrepreneurship, bring prosperity and freedom to humankind.

The world has seen an unprecedented growth in material well-being. However, big corporations dominate Today’s world economy. Inequalities are rising bringing back poverty in developed countries. And humanity is facing an existential threat due to manmade climate change and the pollution of air, soils and oceans, witnessing of a disastrous allocation inefficiency.

At the same time, the rising power of unaccountable big corporations and international financial groups is raising concerns around the world. Through campaign funding, lobbying, revolving doors, media control and think tanks, a wealthy corporate and financial elite is having an unprecedented influence on the processes that shape regulations, laws and institutions as well as governmental policies.

Green transition, from CO2 reduction to sustainable agriculture, forestry and water management run against the business interests of most powerful corporations and financial groups.

This workshop aims at taking stock of corporate capture in the context of today’s capitalism with a special focus on its impact on environmental policies.

Organizers: Mireille Chiroleu-Assouline (PSE, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Ariane Lambert-Mogiliansky (PSE)


Thursday March 28

8.30-9.00 - Registration

9.00 - Introduction by Mireille Chiroleu-Assouline (PSE, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Ariane Lambert-Mogiliansky (PSE)

Part 1: The rise of corporate power

1. Neoliberal policies and corporate capture

Coffee break

12.45-14.15 - Lunch

2. Mechanisms of corporate capture

Coffee break

19.30-21.30 - Social dinner

Friday March 29

Part 2: Big Corporations vs Climate and Environmental action

Coffee break

13.15-14.45 - Lunch

14.45-16.15 - Round table
Can Green Capitalism respond to the Environmental Emergency?