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Corporate Social Responsibility, Government, and Civil Society

Jeremy Moon and David Vogel

in The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199211593
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199211593.003.0013

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Corporate Social Responsibility, Government, and Civil Society

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This article examines the role of governments and civil society in shaping and encouraging corporate social responsibility (CSR). It begins by exploring the relationship between CSR and particular patterns of business–government–civil society relations. It then examines the patterns of business–government relations that are associated with CSR. It explores two basic models. One is the dichotomous view that posits that CSR and government are, by definition, mutually exclusive; accordingly, the scope of CSR is defined by the absence of regulation and public policy. The second posits that CSR is the relationship between market actors and governments. This article also investigates changes in business–government–civil society relations which explain the recent growth and development of CSR. Finally, it examines the ways in which governments have promoted CSR and the relationship between responsible public and private policies.

Keywords: civil society; corporate social responsibility; business–government relations; public policy; private policies

Article.  8703 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Strategy ; Business and Government

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