Corporations as Political and Unpolitical Actors

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dc.contributor.author Fougère, Martin
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-30T07:27:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-30T07:27:04Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Fougère, M. (2011). Corporations as Political and Unpolitical Actors. EJBO, Vol. 16, No. 2, p. 12-21.
dc.identifier.issn 1239-2685
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/37276
dc.description.abstract This paper engages with the lively academic debate on the politicization of the firm and more specifically with Scherer and Palazzo’s recent works on a ‘political conception of corporate responsibility’. A number of critiques are formulated, in relation to both the discursive articulation of ‘political CSR’ in the way it constructs the political role of business and the normative argument advocating this politicization, focusing on possible unwanted effects. The paper then discusses how the proposed institutionalization of a political role for firms may in fact lead to an even more ‘unpolitical’ society, borrowing this ‘unpolitical’ notion to Rosanvallon in order to problematize the very terminology of a ‘politicization’ of corporations. This problematization makes it possible to expose the oxymoronic nature of political CSR – indeed, it can be seen as an ‘unpolitical politicization’. Contrasting political (social democratic) government and unpolitical (deliberative democratic) governance, the paper concludes on the dangers of the oxymoronic articulations that characterize deliberative governance initiatives. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Business and Organization Ethics Network (BON)
dc.relation.ispartofseries EJBO : Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organizational Studies
dc.relation.uri http://ejbo.jyu.fi
dc.rights © Business and Organization Ethics Network (BON)
dc.title Corporations as Political and Unpolitical Actors
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201201301090
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle

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