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Legal Approaches and Corporate Social Responsibility

Towards a Llewellyn’s Law-Jobs Approach, 1st Edition

By Adaeze Okoye


235 pages

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From the late 20th Century, a catalogue of high profile disasters and controversies has drawn attention to the changing relationship between corporations and society. This is taking place against the context of globalisation and this change has become the driving force for demands that corporations become socially responsible. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has therefore emerged as a concept which attempts to encapsulate these demands for social responsibility. Yet at the heart of CSR is the debate about the role and relevance of law.

This book will explore the proposition that CSR is a valid legal enquiry and will suggest a law-jobs approach which offers a potential general analytical perspective for examining such fluid concepts such as CSR in law. This approach is innovative because of the insistence of some users of CSR on placing law outside the parameters of CSR or giving it a very limited role; however, Okoye argues here that the very nature of CSR as seeking legitimacy for corporate power pushes to the fore the question of what role law can play. Law is an essential and important aspect of legitimacy and thus this work explores a legal theoretical approach that holds potential for a legal framework of CSR.

This interdisciplinary book will be of great interest to students and scholars of corporate law and business studies in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction- Viewing Csr Through Legal Lens? 2. Defining Corporate Social Responsibility 3. Legitimacy Of Power As Core to CSR 4 .Law, Structure and Legitimacy 5. Why Not Corporate Law? 6. Proposing A Law-Jobs Approach 7. Exemplifying A Law-Jobs Approach – Shell In Nigeria

About the Author


Adaeze Okoye is a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Corporate Law

The credit crunch of 2007 and the ensuing financial crises have led to a renewed interest in the place of corporations in the modern world and the role of law and regulation in governing their behaviour. This series looks to survey the current developments within the field of corporate law as well as mapping out future opportunities for change. The series offers a comparative approach to the subject, looking not just at North America and Europe but also at the state of affairs elsewhere in the world. Written by influential scholars, the books offer thought-provoking and often critical analyses of corporate law. The functions and legal obligations and rights of multiple stakeholders including directors, investors, governments and regulators are examined from both empirical and theoretical standpoints. Whilst being grounded in law the series also draws upon research from the disciplines of economics, management studies, sociology and politics in order to explore the implications of corporate law in their wider social and economic context.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Corporate