Private Actors and Public Values
With the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of social problems, with the accumulation of capital and influence by the private sector, and with transformations in the idea of the welfare state, the decisions made by global corporations, multinational organizations, civil society actors, consumers, and entrepreneurs are increasingly of public importance. As a result, the boundaries between public and private become blurry, destabilising the stablished notion of a public/private dichotomy, and calling for novel conceptualizations. In this panel, we will consider how this legal and conceptual transformation affects the stability of social order and institutional imagination at both the international and the domestic level. This panel is a part of the interdisciplinary research initiative ‘Public and Private Interests: A New Balance‘ on the role of private actors in articulating public interests conducted at the School of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.