Joel Bakan is a professor of law at the University of British Columbia, and an internationally renowned legal scholar and commentator. A former Rhodes Scholar and law clerk to Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada, Bakan has law degrees from Oxford, Dalhousie, and Harvard. As well as his critically acclaimed international hit, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (Free Press, 2004), his scholarly work includes Just Words: Constitutional Rights and Social Wrongs (University of Toronto Press, 1997) and Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children (Penguin, 2011).
By Joel Bakan, Transnational Institute
We need to see ourselves as political actors, citizens, obliged to take part in and contribute to creating good and just societies. We need to accept that democratic governance is messy and uncertain, that it’s as much about the process of participation as it is about the resulting policies, and that it can only flourish in social conditions that nurture empathy and solidarity among citizens.