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The First Amendment and the Business Corporation$
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Ronald J. Colombo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199335671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199335671.001.0001

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A Taxonomy of the Corporation

A Taxonomy of the Corporation

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(p.189) Chapter 9 A Taxonomy of the Corporation
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The First Amendment and the Business Corporation
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Ronald J. Colombo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199335671.003.0010

Corporations are tremendously diverse. Outside the field of constitutional law, different corporations are routinely subject to different rules and regulations. Corporate law, securities regulation, and employment law, for example, all take into account the particular characteristics and features of a given corporation in assessing the applicability of their provisions. Constitutional law should do likewise and recognize that corporations differ in constitutionally significant ways. Building upon the preceding chapters, chapter 9 sets forth a taxonomy of the corporation. The taxonomy recognizes four corporate categories (the modern corporation, the postmodern corporation, the postmodern religiously expressive corporation, and the closed corporation) and explains which constitutional rights ought to be recognized for each type of corporation.

Keywords:   corporate diversity, taxonomy, corporate law, securities law, employment law, closed corporation, modern corporation, postmodern corporation, religiously expressive corporation, constitutional law

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