Post-industrial society and private law

20Mar2017 15:30 - 17:00


While the historical link between industrialisation and private law is well-known, Guido Comparato, Brunel University London, examines how the alleged coming of post-industrialism affects private law. Open to the public, registration requested.

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The notion of post-industrialism has emerged in the 20th century to describe (post-) modern societies whose economy is primarily based on services and in which knowledge and information assume a predominant social and economic function. While the historical link between industrialisation and private law is well-known, how does the alleged coming of post-industrialism affect private law? To address the question, the paper critically discusses the concept of post-industrialism and after showing its manifold ideological connotations it suggests that the notion does offer tools for the comprehension of current tendencies in law and regulation. Despite certain ideological uses of the notion, post-industrialism does not however imply the overcoming of social struggles and a necessary move from politics to technocracy, but rather reveals the rise of new conflicts. The paper hence discusses the relevance of private law for the managing those conflicts in post-industrial societies.

The Speaker

Guido Comparato is lecturer in commercial law at the Brunel University London. Previously he was a research associate at the European University Institute of Florence, within the research project ‘European Regulatory Private Law’. He obtained his PhD from the University of Amsterdam.

Faculty of Law, A 0.09

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