Americans are increasingly aware that corporations aren’t working the way they should. Roosevelt Fellow Lenore Palladino explains: “Today’s corporations have retained their privileges and lost their public purpose. Corporate power should not [surpass] people power.”

In a truly competitive economy, rules incentivize corporate behavior that promotes shared prosperity, including investments in higher pay for workers, better products, and long-term business growth. Today, however, the links between profit and prosperity are broken as the rules that govern our economy grant corporations an array of privileges that make them profitable, without holding them responsible for creating any benefit for their workers or the economy overall.

Sky-high stock buyback spending, unchecked corporate consolidation, and rampant monopoly power are some of the symptoms—and causes—of the structural imbalances within and across firms. And Americans, as workers and consumers, feel it in their daily lives: inadequate benefits on the job, fewer opportunities for upward mobility, limited savings, unaffordable health care, and more.

Now is the time to enact new rules that guide how American corporations function—and who they serve.

Our Corporate Power Team

Ivan Cazarin

Research Associate

As a Research Associate for the Corporate Power program at Roosevelt, Ivan provides research support to authors and assembles external facing content.

Emily DiVito

Senior Program Manager

As Senior Program Manager for the Corporate Power program, Emily DiVito supports the think tank’s work identifying, explaining, and advancing solutions for the problem of unchecked corporate power in today’s economy.

Niko Lusiani


As Director of Corporate Power at the Roosevelt Institute, Niko Lusiani leads the think tank’s program to dissect and dismantle the ways in which extractive corporate behavior jeopardizes workers, consumers, our natural environment, and our shared economic system.