Law, scale, anti-zooming, and corporate short-termism

Moncrieff, L. (2020) Law, scale, anti-zooming, and corporate short-termism. Law, Culture and the Humanities, 16(1), pp. 103-126. (doi:10.1177/1743872116654670)

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Abstract

This article uses ‘Contact’, an art installation by Olafur Eliasson, and ‘anti-zoom,’ an essay by Bruno Latour to reimagine the problem of corporate short-termism. It investigates what it means to propose, under the gaze of law, that directors and investors look to the ‘long-term’ when pursuing corporate purposes. The article contests that it is possible to zoom, as if using a telescopic lens, between the demands of different time frames. It is only after an extended amount of ‘contact’ that one is able to plot the relation of the short to the long term and make sense of it, a finding that problematizes the corporate self-governance of time. A way forward is imagined that makes the thesis of anti-zoom fit for renovating corporate law.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Olafur Eliasson, Bruno Latour, zooming, corporate governance, law and economy, short termism, corporate sustainability, law and time, law and art.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moncrieff, Dr Lilian
Authors: Moncrieff, L.
Subjects:K Law > K Law (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Law, Culture and the Humanities
Journal Abbr.:LCH
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:1743-8721
ISSN (Online):1743-9752
Published Online:27 June 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Law, Culture and the Humanities 16(1):103-126
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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