Thefollowing are situational opportunitiesthat advocates can harness to address and stop the corporate capture of the State:

  • Political moments:Moments of political transition — prior to or following an election, during a change in ruling political party, following the inauguration of a leader to political office, during parliamentary elections, surrounding the membership conditionality of a country to join a political bloc, and so on — are unique opportunities to communicate publicly and utilize public attention to push back against corporate capture. In other words,these are particularly ripe moments when we can make corporate capture a political issue, perhaps even compelling politicians to address the issue in their campaign platforms or policies.The Gupta-Zuma scandal in South Africa, for example, in many ways hastened the end of the Zuma Administration and led to greater scrutiny of Ramaphosa’s election as president, thus heightening the visibility of the Zondo Commission and the civil society advocacy that surrounded it.

  • Mass events:Big events, such asmega-sporting events(MSEs), provide key opportunities to shine a spotlight on human rights protections and address structural issues in host countries, such as the corporate capture of the State. One such example was theFIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar,where several organizations took advantage of the moment to increase worker rights protections. According to Ulula, “The FIFPRO World Players’ Union, Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) and Ulula are breaking ground at the FIFA World Cup with a digital platform designed to advance migrant worker’s rights. This platform will facilitate access to information, training, and legal advice and support. The goal is to leave a legacy of improved worker’s rights that outlasts the spectacle of the World Cup. (…) By acting as a buffer between the worker and the authorities, the platform will facilitate access to justice for migrant workers. The platform will help to identify patterns and collect data, formalise evidence, and promote awareness among the working population.”

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