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Katharina Pistor

Katharina Pistor

Writing for PS since 2000
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Katharina Pistor, Professor of Comparative Law at Columbia Law School, is the author of The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality (Princeton University Press, 2019).

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  1. American Business Will Regret Writing Off Democracy
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    American Business Will Regret Writing Off Democracy

    Jun 3, 2024 Katharina Pistor explains why endorsing Donald Trump is a bad bet for today’s titans of the US economy.

  2. Will Boeing Crash Shareholder Value?
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    Will Boeing Crash Shareholder Value?

    Apr 10, 2024 Katharina Pistor sees the troubled company as a textbook example of a broader problem afflicting corporate governance.

  3. Elon Musk and the Absolutist Revival
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    Elon Musk and the Absolutist Revival

    Feb 13, 2024 Katharina Pistor laments the modern cult of the CEO, which allows corporate leaders to pick and choose their own laws.

  4. Katharina Pistor on financial risk, wealth creation, digital currencies, and more
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    Katharina Pistor on financial risk, wealth creation, digital currencies, and more

    Jan 23, 2024 Katharina Pistor highlights the government’s role in perpetuating financial-sector fragility, urges stronger enforcement of legal accountability for political leaders, explains why trading nature derivatives should not be confused with protecting nature, and more.

  5. In AI, Capital Wins Again
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    In AI, Capital Wins Again

    Nov 28, 2023 Katharina Pistor shows why OpenAI’s efforts to preserve its founding non-profit mission never stood any chance.

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    The Defining Economic Issue of the US Election

    Stephen S. Roach argues that the high price level, not inflation, is weighing on voters ahead of the presidential election.
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    What Does the EU Election Mean for European Climate Policy?

    Laurence Tubiana explains how green campaigners can strengthen their message to appeal to ordinary voters.
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    The Geopolitical Imperative to Upgrade the Dollar

    Jordan Bleicher & Josh Lipsky explain how emerging technologies are facilitating efforts to challenge the greenback’s global dominance.
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    Let the Giggers Fight Inflation

    Todd G. Buchholz criticizes efforts by US regulators to throttle the proliferation of independent contractors.
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    The Putin-Kim Pact Is an Opportunity for the West

    Ana Palacio

    The Russia-North Korea defense pact leaves no doubt about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s determination to overthrow the existing international order. But the agreement could also strain the Kremlin’s relations with China, potentially disrupting Sino-Russian efforts to undermine Western unity.

    urges policymakers to leverage the rogue partnership to drive a wedge between Russia and China.
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    What Climate-Vulnerable Developing Countries Need Right Now

    Mia Amor Mottley & Wale Edun

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, geopolitical tensions have dominated the global agenda, hindering collective efforts to address climate change. With the world still warming, urgent measures are needed to make investment in sustainable development feasible and affordable for everyone.

    propose a blueprint to unlock financing and kickstart investment in adaptation and clean energy.
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    Two Cheers for Identity Politics

    James Livingston argues that critics of the contemporary focus on issues of race, gender, and sexuality are ignoring history.
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    What the Next EU Leadership Must Do

    Carl Bildt offers a broad outline of the bloc's biggest challenges following this month's European Parliament election.
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    China Must Not Choose the Next Dalai Lama

    Brahma Chellaney urges the US and India to work together to protect the more than 600-year-old institution.

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