Maha Rafi Atal
I take a political economy approach to the study of corporate power. My doctoral thesis, completed at the University of Cambridge, focused on corporations as governing authorities, examining “corporate social responsibility” as a system of Company Rule in India, Kenya and South Africa. I am also interested in how corporations exercise influence in the media and in politics, and in corporate accountability under international law. In addition to my academic career, I am an award-winning business journalist, with work published in Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, The Guardian, and The New Statesman, among others. I am a former Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and the co-founder and Executive Director of Public Business, a non-profit supporting reporting, research and discussion about the wider impact of business actions.
P R I M A R Y R E S E A R C H A R E A S
Corporate social responsibility as governance
Political economy of media
Corporations and international law
International political economy
S E L E C T E D P U B L I C A T I O N S
Atal, Maha Rafi (2018), “ The Cultural and Economic Power of Advertisers in the Business Press,” in Journalism, Advance online publication, September 2017.
Atal, Maha Rafi (2017), “ White Capital: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Failure of Transformation in post-apartheid South Africa,” in Extractive Industries and Society, 4 (4): 735-743.
Atal, Maha Rafi (2017), “ Competing Forms of Media Capture in Developing Democracies,” in Anya Schiffrin, ed. In The Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy. Washington, D.C.: Center for International Media Assistance. http://www.cima.ned.org/resource/media-capture-competing-forms-media-capture/