Rational Coercion: Citizens United and a Modern Day Prisoner's Dilemma
Georgia State University Law Review
This paper proposes neither a critique nor a review of the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Rather, this paper acknowledges that the Supreme Court has spoken on the issue of corporate First Amendment rights in the context of independent expenditures and asks the question: What happens next? While there are undoubtedly First Amendment and election law implications from the case, there are also important consequences for corporate law and for citizen shareholders. Instead of debating the merits of the case, this article asks if a corporation spends to influence political messages, what is the effect on shareholders? In answering that question, this article describes the “rational coercion” created in the prisoner’s dilemma and applies it to the issue of corporate political expenditures in an attempt to identify the effects of the Citizens United decision.
Anne Tucker, Rational Coercion: Citizens United and a Modern Day Prisoner's Dilemma, 27 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 1105 (2010).
Institutional Repository Citation
Tucker, Anne M., "Rational Coercion: Citizens United and a Modern Day Prisoner's Dilemma" (2010). Faculty Publications By Year. 1152.