IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/kap/porgrv/v4y2004i3p259-277.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Transnational Corporations and Human Rights: Silencing the Ontological Controversy

Author

Listed:
  • Bjørn Letnes

    ()

Abstract

"Engines of development" or "tools of exploitation"? Both expressions have been used to describe the transnational corporation's (TNC) activity in the developing world. In this paper, it will be argued that these extreme characterizations--each armed with their preferred method and unit of analysis--are merely assessing different aspects of the relationship in question. Moreover, theoretical issues can help shed some light on the Janus-faced nature of TNCs' human rights' effects. These issues suggest that FDI (Foreign Direct Investments) benefits are conditional and can help determine whether or not the presence of TNCs will be benign.

Suggested Citation

  • Bjørn Letnes, 2004. "Transnational Corporations and Human Rights: Silencing the Ontological Controversy," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 4(3), pages 259-277, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:porgrv:v:4:y:2004:i:3:p:259-277
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://journals.kluweronline.com/issn/1566-7170/contents
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Brown Dana L & Vetterlein Antje & Roemer-Mahler Anne, 2010. "Theorizing Transnational Corporations as Social Actors: An Analysis of Corporate Motivations," Business and Politics, De Gruyter, vol. 12(1), pages 1-39, April.

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:kap:porgrv:v:4:y:2004:i:3:p:259-277. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Sonal Shukla) or (Rebekah McClure). General contact details of provider: http://www.springer.com .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.