Title

Global Companies and Global Society: The Evolving Social Contract

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

Globalization, privatization, and CHANging ideas about the roles of business and government are transforming the social contract under which business is allowed to operate. Global companies are also policy-makers and public goods providers, governments seek profits through state-owned enterprises and sovereign wealth funds, and everyone is trying to figure out how to partner with everyone else. As a result of global economic and social integration, more and more of the business-society interaction has played out at a transnational rather than purely national level, involving transnational corporations, transnational civil society networks and organizations, and inter-governmental organizations. Experiments with codes of conduct, disclosure standards, new business models, and investment standards, along with numerous dialogues and partnerships, provide the basis for a rich and important research agenda.

Keywords

Social contract, globalization, partnerships, transnational, intergovernmental organization, NGOs, International business enterprises, Business and politics, International relations

Discipline

Public Policy

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Handbook of Global Companies

Editor

Mikler, John

First Page

335

Last Page

350

ISBN

9781118326152

Identifier

10.1002/9781118326152.ch20

Publisher

Wiley

City or Country

Chichester

Additional URL

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/821067817

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