The trading corporation’s constitutional status and its constitutional powers provided it with the means to impersonate the state and govern trade; to subordinate itself to state power; and to operate between state jurisdictions. From the seventeenth century onwards, these transnational and constitutional characteristics played an important part in the development of corporate trade and national and international constitutions.
William A. Pettigrew, "Corporate Constitutionalism and the Dialogue between the Global and Local in Seventeenth-Century English History"
David Armitage, "Wider Still and Wider: Corporate Constitutionalism Unbounded"
Paul D. Halliday, "Speaking Law to the Corporate Person"
Vicki Hsueh, "Constitutional Turns and Corporate Responses to the Empire of Uniformity"
Tom Leng, " 'Corporate Constitutionalism,' the Merchant Adventurers, and Anglo-European Interaction"
Philip J. Stern, "Parasites, Persons, and Princes: Evolutionary Biology of the Corporate Constitution"