Business Regulation and Non-State Actors: Whose standards? Whose development?
Edited by Darryl Reed, Peter Utting and Ananya Mukherjee-Reed
Routledge Studies in Development Economics, January 2012
Hardback: 978-0-415-59311-3 e-Book: 978-0-203-12692-9, 346 pages, Routledge, United Kingdom/United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Switzerland
This volume assesses the achievements and limitations of a new set of non-state or multistakeholder institutions that are concerned with improving the social and environmental record of business, and holding corporations to account. It does so from a perspective that aims to address two limitations that often characterize this field of inquiry. First, fragmentation: articles or books typically focus on one or a handful of cases. Second, the development dimension: what does such regulation imply for developing countries and subaltern groups in terms of well-being, empowerment and sustainability? This volume examines more than 20 initiatives or institutions associated with different regulatory and development approaches, including the business-friendly corporate social responsibility agenda, ‘corporate accountability’ and ‘fair trade’ or social economy.
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