Corporate or Governmental Duties? CSR and CC from a Governmental Perspective

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Beitragende

Abstract

Abstract
Recent discussions on corporate citizenship (CC) highlight the new
political role of corporations in society by arguing that corporations
increasingly act as quasi-governmental actors and take on what hitherto had
originally been governmental tasks. By examining political and sociological
citizenship theories, the authors show that such a corporate engagement
can be explained by a changing (self-)conception of corporate citizens from
corporate bourgeois to corporate citoyen. As an intermediate actor in
society, the corporate citoyen assumes co-responsibilities for social and civic
affairs and actively collaborates with fellow citizens beyond governmental
regulation. This change raises the question of how such corporate civic
engagement can be aligned with public policy regulations and how corporate
activities can be integrated into the democratic regime. To clarify the mode
of CC contributions to society, the authors will apply the tenet of subsidiarity
as a governing principle which allows for specifying corporations’ tasks as
intermediate actors in society. By referring to the renewed European Union
strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility, the authors show how such a
subsidiary corporate-governmental task-sharing can be organized.

Details

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)617-645
Seitenumfang29
FachzeitschriftBusiness and Society
Jahrgang2017
Ausgabenummer4
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2017
Peer-Review-StatusJa

Externe IDs

Scopus 85015322679

Schlagworte

Schlagwörter

  • CSR, bourgeois, citoyen, corporate citizenship, task-sharing, subsidiarity, Unternehmensethik