Providing a much-needed critique of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice and scholarship, this book seeks to redress CSR advocacy, from a political and critical perspective.

A strident approach backed up by extensive use of case studies presents the argument that most CSR-related activity aims to gain legitimacy from consumers and employees, and therefore furthers the exploitative and colonizing agenda of the corporation. By examining CSR in the context of the political economy of late capitalism, the book puts the emphasis back on the fact that most large corporations are fundamentally driven by profit maximization, making CSR initiatives merely another means to this end. Rather than undermining or challenging unsustainable corporate practices CSR is exposed as an ideological practice that actually upholds the prominence of such practices.

As CSR gathers momentum in management practice and scholarship, students in the fields of CSR, business ethics, and strategy, will find this text a useful companion to counter received wisdom in this area.

The MNC to the Rescue? Corporate Citizenship Theory

The MNC to the rescue? Corporate citizenship theory

The following excerpt is from a recent call for papers issued by a popular business studies conference:

Over the last few decades, the heretofor neat separation between the political and economic spheres has become blurred. In the process of globalization, the national context of governance is eroding. In many cases the state system fails in regulating the economy, dealing with transnational social and environmental problems, providing public goods, administering citizenship rights and serving the public interest. This is particularly true when public institutions lack the necessary resources or enforcement mechanisms. Under these conditions, civil society groups and private actors often step in and fill the void … Today, many multinational business ...

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