Department of Business Humanities and Law

  • Governance, Culture & Learning Unit
Mathias Hein
Associate professor

Room: POR/18.B-4.154

Mathias Hein Jessen is Associate Professor at the Department of Business Humanities and Law at CBS. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Philosophy from CBS and an MA and PhD in The History of Ideas from Aarhus University.

His research centers on the history of political, economic and legal thought as well as contemporary social, political and critical thought. He works in the cross-field between philosophy, politics, economics, law, sociology, history and intellectual history. His work focuses on the interrelation between state and market particularly between the state and the corporation. He is currently PI of the research project Corporate Subjects: An Intellectual History of the Corporation, funded by the Carlberg Foundation (

Primary research areas
  • Intellectual history of the corporation
  • Social, political and critical thought
  • History of political, economic and legal thought
  • State and sovereignty
  • Corporations and corporate power
  • Business and society


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  • Political philosophy, BSc in Business Administration and Philosophy
  • Finance and Society, MSc in Business Administration and Philosophy
  • Ledelsesretorik, Master of Public Governance


Selected publications

Mathias Hein Jessen / Civil Society in the Shadow of the Neoliberal State : Corporations as the Primary Subjects of (Neoliberal) Civil Society.
I: International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, 27.8.2020

Mathias Hein Jessen; Nicolai von Eggers / Governmentality and Statification : Towards a Foucauldian Theory of the State.
I: Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 37, Nr. 1, 1.2020, s. 53-72

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Mathias Hein Jessen / Governing Economic Life : Organizing Large Business Corporations in Denmark.
In: Associative Governance in Scandinavia: Organizing Societies by “Combining Together”. . ed. /Anker Brink Lund; Haldor Byrkjeflot; Søren Christensen. Abingdon : Routledge 2024, p. 223-254 (Nordic Studies in a Global Context)
Book chapter > peer review
Tessa Barnow; Benjamin Ask Popp-Madsen; Mathias Hein Jessen / Markets, Science and Politics : The EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities and Global Climate Governance.
Paper presented at Socio-Economic Review Special Issue , 2024
Paper > peer review
Mathias Hein Jessen / En sund, stærk og sammenhængende statskrop : Thomas Hobbes læser coronapandemien.
In: Pandemi: Idéhistorien læser corona. . ed. /Daniel Malling Blaabjerg-Zederkoff. København : Baggrund Medier 2023, p. 162-177
Book chapter > peer review
Mathias Hein Jessen / Governmentality
In: Elgar Encyclopedia of Political Sociology. ed. /Maria Grasso; Marco Giugni. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2023, p. 216-218
Encyclopedia chapter > peer review
Mathias Hein Jessen / Hvor kommer transformationen fra? : Staten som et ikke-transformativt sted.
In: Transformationens politik: Ledelse af tidens udfordringer. . ed. /Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen; Dorthe Pedersen; Erik Mygind du Plessis; Jette Sandager. København : Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne 2023, p. 251-266
Book chapter > peer review
Mathias Hein Jessen / The Separation of State and Corporation in Capitalism
Abstract from The National and the International, 2023
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Mathias Hein Jessen / Velfærdsstaten og det gode civilsamfund? : Civilsamfundet i velfærdsstatens skygge.
In: Civilsamfundet i statens skygge. ed. /Lars Bo Kaspersen; Liv Egholm. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2023, p. 169-187
Book chapter > peer review
Mathias Hein Jessen / Frygten for fraktioner i forestillinger om folket : Hobbes, Locke og Rousseau om suverænitet, folk og politik.
In: Slagmark, No. 85, 2022, p. 35-52
Journal article > peer review
Benjamin Ask Popp-Madsen; Mathias Hein Jessen; Andreas Møller Mulvad / The Spirits of Democratic Enterprise : Insights from the Case of Denmark.
In: Management & Organizational History, Vol. 17, No. 1-2, 2022, p. 1-19
Journal article > peer review
Mathias Hein Jessen / Towards a Critical Theory of the Corporate Form
In: Ephemera: Theory & politics in organization, Vol. 22, No. 3, 11.2022, p. 259-273
Book review > peer review
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