Business Regulation and Non-State Actors: Whose Standards? Whose Development?

1st Edition

Peter Utting, Darryl Reed, Ananya Mukherjee Reed

Routledge
Published July 4, 2014
Reference - 376 Pages - 10 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138808164 - CAT# Y170756
Series: Routledge Studies in Development Economics

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Summary

This volume assesses the achievements and limitations of a new set of non-state or multistakeholder institutions that are concerned with improving the social and environmental record of business, and holding corporations to account. It does so from a perspective that aims to address two limitations that often characterize this field of inquiry. First, fragmentation: articles or books typically focus on one or a handful of cases. Second, the development dimension: what does such regulation imply for developing countries and subaltern groups in terms of well-being, empowerment and sustainability? This volume examines more than 20 initiatives or institutions associated with different regulatory and development approaches, including the business-friendly corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda, ‘corporate accountability’ and ‘fair trade’ or social economy.

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