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The government of self-regulation: On the comparative dynamics of corporate social responsibility

Gond, J-P., Kang, N & Moon, J (2011). The government of self-regulation: On the comparative dynamics of corporate social responsibility. Economy and Society, 40(4), pp. 640-671. doi: 10.1080/03085147.2011.607364


This paper explores the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and government. CSR is often viewed as self-regulation, devoid of government. We attribute the scholarly neglect of the variety of CSR-government relations to the inadequate attention paid to the important differences in the way in which CSR has 'travelled' (or diffused), and has been mediated by the national governance systems, and the insufficient emphasis given to the role of the government (or government agency) in the CSR domain. We go on to identify a number of different types of CSR-government configurations, and by following empirically the CSR development trajectories in Western Europe and East Asia in a comparative historical perspective, we derive a set of propositions on the changing dynamics of CSR-government configurations. In particular, we highlight the varied role that the governments can play in order to promote CSR in the context of the wider national governance systems. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: corporate social responsibility; government; national governance system; translation; path dependency.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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Available under License Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0.

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