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Making Corporate Social Responsibility a Global Concern

Norm Construction in a Globalizing World, 1st Edition

By Lisbeth Segerlund


220 pages

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Hardback: 9780754677079
pub: 2010-06-28
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In recent decades, claims have increasingly been made on transnational corporations to take responsibility for the promotion and protection of human and labour rights in countries where they operate. This behavioural obligation results from the persistent advocacy of non-governmental organizations and is commonly known as corporate social responsibility (CSR). Driven by the theory of the 'norm life cycle model', the book uses an interesting range of case studies, including Nike and the anti-apartheid movement, to trace the development of CSR as an international norm. The development is examined through five selected non-governmental organizations: Clean Clothes Campaign, Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, Global Exchange, International Business Leaders Forum and the International Labor Rights Fund. The book makes a lucid contribution to an emerging scholarship, and will interest researchers and practitioners involved in issues of global governance and global civil society.


'Segerlund has written a theoretically sophisticated account of how civil society organizations created and diffused a norm of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Focusing on high-profile advocacy campaigns as well as the response of the business community, the study provides an in-depth analysis of one of the most significant contemporary global norm cascades.' Hans Peter Schmitz, Syracuse University, USA 'A highly astute, revealing and readable analysis of the history, character, possibilities and limitations of the global movement for corporate social responsibility.' Jan Aart Scholte, University of Warwick and London School of Economics, UK 'Making Corporate Social Responsibility a Global Concern is a thorough account of the influence of globalisation on the development of CSR. … This makes the book not only suitable for those developing a knowledge of CSR, but also provides insight as to the potential of CSR to mitigate against some of the ill-effects arising from the capitalist growth model.' Quality World 'Overall this is a very useful and helpful synthesis of available material leavened by some interview-derived insights. The manner in which the NCM has been mobilised to produce a synoptic account of the recent history of the CSR norm is well judged and as such it will be of some use to those researching the political economy of global corporations, and would be a useful addition to anyone's reading list whose teaching touches on CSR.' Political Studies Review

About the Author

Lisbeth Segerlund, Assistant Professor in International Relations, Stockholm University, Sweden

About the Series

Non-State Actors in International Law, Politics and Governance Series

Non-State Actors in International Law, Politics and Governance Series
The proliferation of non-state actors in the international system over the last three decades has increased the need for a broader theoretical analysis and empirical validation. The series explores the capabilities and impact of non-state actors, such as privately-based transnational corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international criminal organizations, and liberation movements, as well as intergovernmental organizations (in which NGO’s often participate). The series seeks to address this need and to deepen the knowledge and understanding of non-state actors by scholars, practitioners and students in the fields of international law, politics and governance. By emphasizing legal, political and governance aspects of non-state actors’ activities at the international (global or regional) level, the series intends to transcend traditional disciplinary and organizational boundaries.

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