The Political Role of Corporate Citizens An Interdisciplinary Approach

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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In a society where the role of corporations and the state is in flux, this volume explores how the concept of citizenship has been transformed with the entrance and involvement of other actors, primarily corporations and non-governmental organizations, in the protection and provision of citizenship without the nation-state.

Examining the economic effects of globalization and citizenship, this interdisciplinary collection questions what ideas on corporate citizenship may say about the ongoing publicization of the corporation. What is the role of the corporate citizen in the public domain? How does that new role transgress traditional notions of what corporations are and ought to be? And what are the implications of these developments for the welfare state and democracy at large?

This book uses the notion of a citizenship for corporations as a devise for delineating and analyzing the political role of the corporation in the public domain. It will appeal to a wide range of scholars in political science, organization and management, business and society and political economy. Its international contributors include Paula Blomqvist, Céline Cholez, Andrew Crane, Steven Gerencser, Boris Holzer, Uwafiokun Idemudia, Dirk Matten, Jeremy Moon, Fabrizio Panozzo and Pascal Trompette.

Author Biography

Karin Svedberg Helgesson is Research Associate Professor, Department of Management and Organization, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. She has previously studied New Public Management Reforms, soft regulation and corporate accountability in various contexts. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Organizations Studies, and Surveillance & Society. Her current research interest is the role of private actors in the public domain, as reflected in the volume Securitization, Accountability and Risk Management: Transforming the Public Security Domain (2012), co-edited with Ulrika Mörth.
Ulrika Mörth is Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University, Sweden. She has published numerous books including Organizing European Cooperation, Soft Law in Governance and Regulation and European Public-Private Collaboration. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Common Market Studies and Journal of European Public Policy and Governance. Her most recent publications include the co-edited volumes Democracy and Public-Private Partnerships in Global Governance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Securitization, Accountability and Risk Management: Transforming the Public Security Domain (2012), with Karin Svedberg Helgesson.

Table of Contents

Editor Preface
Series Editor Preface
1. Introduction: Corporate Citizenship and the Political Role of the Corporation; Karin Svedberg Helgesson and Ulrika Mörth
2. Corporations and Clientelism: The Problem of Democratic Accountability for Corporate Citizenship; Steven Gerencser
3. Citizenship, Identity and the Corporation: Exploring New Avenues of Political Mediation; Andrew Crane, Dirk Matten and Jeremy Moon
4. Inadvertent Citizens: Corporate Citizenship and Moral Actorhood; Boris Holzer
5. Standards, Triple Bottom Lines and Balanced Scorecards: Shaping the Metaphor of Corporate Citizenship with Calculative Infrastructures; Fabrizio Panozzo
6. Revisiting Corporate Citizenship Theory and Practice from the Perspective of Local Communities in Africa: Lessons from Nigeria; Uwafiokun Idemudia
7. Various Corporate Citizenships in Bottom of the Pyramid Markets; Céline Cholez and Pascal Trompette
8. Citizenship, Choice, and Social Equality in Welfare Services; Paula Blomqvist
9. Corporate Citizens and 'the War on Terror'; Karin Svedberg Helgesson and Ulrika Mörth
10. Conclusions: The Political Role of Corporations; Karin Svedberg Helgesson and Ulrika Mörth

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