The paper suggests that current developments in governmental approaches to CSR calls for research strategies that are specialized in exploring the often subtle and intricate mechanisms of liberal and indirect means of steering. New ways of asking questions are called for as government increasingly assumes the role of an empowering facilitator of CSR, not a regulatory enforcer. Government becomes a matter not of providing formal or hard regulation but of enabling and encouraging socially responsible self-regulation by companies. The paper proposes to apply a governmentality analytics to these developments.

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Vallentin, Steen; Murillo Bonveh, David

Governmentality and the politics of CSR

11/2012
The paper suggests that current developments in governmental approaches to CSR calls for research strategies that are specialized in exploring the often subtle and intricate mechanisms of liberal and indirect means of steering. New ways of asking questions are called for as government increasingly assumes the role of an empowering facilitator of CSR, not a regulatory enforcer. Government becomes a matter not of providing formal or hard regulation but of enabling and encouraging socially responsible self-regulation by companies. The paper proposes to apply a governmentality analytics to these developments.
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Governmentality and the politics of CSR
Vallentin, Steen; Murillo Bonveh, David
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Vol. 19, n 6, 11/2012, p. 825 - 843

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