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In this essay Professor Deutsch addresses the question whether the legal system can make modern corporations accountable to societal ideals. Whether one believes the modern corporation can be made amenable to the popular will through law may depend upon one's conception of what defines and motivates the activities of individual citizens as members of the polity. In this context Professor Deutsch analyzes the Marxist conception of human self-definition and argues that one can understand both the persistence of corporate power and the possibility of controlling that power through law only by recognizing a richer conception of human self-definition.

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