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Group Agency: The Possibility, Design, and Status of Corporate Agents

Christian List and Philip Pettit


Are companies, churches, and states genuine agents? Or are they just collections of individual agents that give a misleading impression of unity? This question is important, since the answer dictates how we should explain the behaviour of these entities and whether we should treat them as responsible and accountable on the model of individual agents. This book offers a new approach to that question and is relevant, therefore, to a range of fields from philosophy to law, politics, and the social sciences. The book argues that there really are group or corporate agents, over and above the indivi ... More

Keywords: group agencies, individual agents, corporate agents, morality, social choice theory, law, economics

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199591565
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian List, author
London School of Economics
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Philip Pettit, author
Princeton University
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