Take the Bull by the Horns: Surveillance Capitalism in the Public Policy Sphere

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Surveillance capitalism is a rapidly growing form of market power exercised by technology corporations. While surveillance capitalism has reshaped much of the market activities of corporations, it is now also affecting firms’ political (non-market) activities. We introduce the concept of surveillance capitalism and illustrate how it has already shaped traditional corporate political activities. We discuss whether political activities are still legitimate when using surveillance capitalist methods. This is important because these new means can undermine democratic principles. We argue that the concept of corporate political responsibility can help overcome the shortcomings of these developments.


Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationNew technologies and the future of individuals, organisations, and society
PublisherESCP Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2023

Publication series

SeriesESCP Impact Paper (Fourt Edition)

External IDs

ORCID /0000-0002-8891-3861/work/145699080



  • surveillance capitalism, public policy, corporate political activities, democracy, technology