Economic elites co-opt academia, science, electoral discourse, legislatures, broadcast media and print journalism, and other spaces that produce ideas, teach, argue, disseminate, and generally influence public opinion. The capture of academic institutions, for example, which is not well-studied save select examples, involves corporations funding research that legitimizes their operations.

The impression is that neoliberal ideologies “bake in” and normalize capture as a standard of political economy and doing business, and that narratives such as the rights of corporations, property rights, intellectual property rights, and so on run deep and contrary to transparency, accountability, and other reform efforts.

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