Political theories in general and deliberative democracy in particular have become quite popular in business ethics over the past few years. However, the model of deliberative democracy as generally referred to in business ethics is only appropriate for conceptualizing interaction between business and society that occurs within a context that is more or less institutionalized. It cannot account for 'unregulated' interaction between business and civil society. We argue that we need to resort to the so called 'critical strand' of deliberative democracy if we want to conceptualize interaction that happens without the involvement of decision-making institutions as political action in a deliberative sense. By adopting this approach we argue that deliberative principles are meaningful for judging unregulated interaction between business and civil society and that there are cases in which unregulated interaction is preferable over institutionalization.

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Baur, Dorothea Rahel; Arenas Vives, Daniel

The value of unregulated business-NGO interaction: A deliberative perspective

03/2014
Political theories in general and deliberative democracy in particular have become quite popular in business ethics over the past few years. However, the model of deliberative democracy as generally referred to in business ethics is only appropriate for conceptualizing interaction between business and society that occurs within a context that is more or less institutionalized. It cannot account for 'unregulated' interaction between business and civil society. We argue that we need to resort to the so called 'critical strand' of deliberative democracy if we want to conceptualize interaction that happens without the involvement of decision-making institutions as political action in a deliberative sense. By adopting this approach we argue that deliberative principles are meaningful for judging unregulated interaction between business and civil society and that there are cases in which unregulated interaction is preferable over institutionalization.
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The value of unregulated business-NGO interaction: A deliberative perspective
Baur, Dorothea Rahel; Arenas Vives, Daniel
Business & Society
Vol. 53, n 2, 03/2014, p. 157 - 186

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