Issues in Business Ethics

NGOs as Legitimate Partners of Corporations

A Political Conceptualization

Authors: Baur, Dorothea

  • First systematic conceptualization of NGOs as partners of corporations
  • Innovative and critical view on the much applauded role of NGOs as partners of corporations
  • First typology to clarify the blurred boundaries between NGOs, interest groups and activists
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The interaction between corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has become an important topic in the debate about corporate social responsibility (CSR). Yet, unlike the vast majority of academic work on this topic, this book explicitly focuses on clarifying the role of NGOs, not of corporations, in this context. Based on the notion of NGOs as political actors it argues that NGOs suffer from a multiple legitimacy deficit: they are representatives of civil society without being elected; the legitimacy of the claims they raise is often controversial; and there are often doubts regarding the legitimacy of the behaviour they exhibit in putting forward their claims. Set against an extended sphere of political action in the postnational constellation this book argues that the political model of deliberative democracy provides a meaningful conceptualization of NGOs as legitimate partners of corporations and it develops a conceptual framework that specifically allows distinguishing legitimate partner NGOs from two related actor types with whom they share certain characteristics but who differ with respect to their legitimacy. These related actor types are interest groups on the one hand and activists on the other hand. In conclusion it argues that a focus on the behaviour of NGOs is most meaningful for distinguishing them from interest groups and activists.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • NGOs as Representatives of Public Claims

    Baur, Dorothea

    Pages 3-17

  • The Postnational Constellation: A Broad Conception of Democracy

    Baur, Dorothea

    Pages 21-35

  • Normative Orientation from Political Theory

    Baur, Dorothea

    Pages 37-43

  • Civil Society: Coming to Grips with an Elusive Term

    Baur, Dorothea

    Pages 45-52

  • Insights from Part II

    Baur, Dorothea

    Pages 53-54

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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3758-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
NGOs as Legitimate Partners of Corporations
Book Subtitle
A Political Conceptualization
Authors
Series Title
Issues in Business Ethics
Series Volume
36
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2254-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2254-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2253-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3758-7
Series ISSN
0925-6733
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 204
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