The Political Perspective of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Critical Research Agenda

Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (4):709-737 (2012)
  Copy   BIBTEX


ABSTRACT:I here advance a critical research agenda for the political perspective of corporate social responsibility (Political CSR). I argue that whilst the ‘Political’ CSR literature is notable for both its conceptual novelty and practical importance, its development has been hamstrung by four ambiguities, conflations and/or oversights. More positively, I argue that ‘Political’ CSR should be conceived as one potentialformof globalization, and not as aconsequenceof ‘globalization’; that contemporary Western MNCs should be presumed to engage in CSR for instrumental reasons; that ‘Political’ CSR should be associated with a corresponding ‘political’ model of corporate governance; and that both a ‘Rawlsian’ and ‘Habermasian’ perspective of Political CSR are different from ‘Political’ CSR. In concluding, I use these four critiques to identify a number of areas within which increasingly robust and sophisticated positive and normative theories of Political CSR are required.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 86,273

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Corporate Political Activity and Corporate Social Responsibility.Kathleen Rehbein, Frank G. A. de Bakker, Patrick Bernhagen & Andrew Crane - 2011 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 22:300-308.
Pluralism in Political Corporate Social Responsibility.Jukka Mäkinen & Arno Kourula - 2012 - Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (4):649-678.
The Political Roots of Corporate Social Responsibility.David Antony Detomasi - 2008 - Journal of Business Ethics 82 (4):807-819.
A Political Account of Corporate Moral Responsibility.Jeffery Smith - 2011 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14 (2):223 - 246.
In defense of a regulated market economy.Jukka Mäkinen & Eero Kasanen - 2015 - Journal of Global Ethics 11 (1):99-109.
The Cosmopolitical Corporation.Thomas Maak - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 84 (S3):361 - 372.
Governing the Global Corporation.Subhabrata Bobby Banerjee - 2010 - Business Ethics Quarterly 20 (2):265-274.


Added to PP

76 (#186,814)

6 months
5 (#191,274)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?