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CSR as a Political Arena: The Struggle for a European Framework


  • Ungericht Bernhard

    (University of Graz)

  • Hirt Christian

    (University of Graz)


This contribution is a reaction to the striking fact that the political aspect of CSR has remained largely hidden in most of the scientific and practice-oriented management literature. This work intends to illuminate the political dimension of CSR in that the changing stance of the European Commission toward CSR between 2001 and 2006 is analyzed and interpreted as a result of political processes within an "issue arena". For this case study written documents from the most important actors are used (EU Commission, EU Parliament, the Council, advocacy groups and lobbies for industry and civil society CSR platforms) as well as interviews with high ranking representatives of these institutions (conducted in the spring of 2008).

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  • Ungericht Bernhard & Hirt Christian, 2010. "CSR as a Political Arena: The Struggle for a European Framework," Business and Politics, De Gruyter, vol. 12(4), pages 1-24, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:buspol:v:12:y:2010:i:4:n:1

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    1. David Detomasi, 2008. "The Political Roots of Corporate Social Responsibility," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 82(4), pages 807-819, November.
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    1. Steen Vallentin, 2015. "Governmentalities of CSR: Danish Government Policy as a Reflection of Political Difference," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 127(1), pages 33-47, March.
    2. Daniel Kinderman, 2013. "Corporate Social Responsibility in the EU, 1993–2013: Institutional Ambiguity, Economic Crises, Business Legitimacy and Bureaucratic Politics," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 51(4), pages 701-720, July.

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