Global Public Policy

Business and the Countervailing Powers of Civil Society

Edited by Karsten Ronit

© 2007 – Routledge

182 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

We are in a critical period where civil society organizations actively influence business political behaviour, while corporations and business associations are adopting new and flexible strategies aimed at closer contact with civil society.

Against the backdrop of such broad reorientations, this book analyzes the new and changing roles of business and civil society actors to offer an accurate portrayal of the formation of global public policy. With contributions from leading experts in the field, it investigates the potential for, and emergence of, new policy arrangements along with their patterns of conflict and cooperation. Building upon theoretical inspirations from various traditions studying international affairs, this volume develops and applies the concepts of policy arrangements and countervailing power to the field of global business - civil society relations. A range of key issues including labour, consumers, global finance, the mining industry, climate policy and the World Economic and Social Forums are examined.

Global Public Policy will be of strong interest to students and researchers of international political economy, international relations and international business.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Global Public Policy - The New Policy Arrangements of Business and Countervailing Groups 2. Labor and Business on a Global Scale 3. Modes of Consumer Participation and Engagement in the Making of Global Consumer Policy 4. Governance and Contestation in Global Finance 5. Privilege and Underprivilege: Countervailing Groups, Policy and the Mining Industry at the Global Level 6. Two Worlds Apart? Davos’ World Economic Forum and Porto Alegre’s World Social Forum 7. The Evolution of Climate Policy - Business and Environmental Organizations between Alliance Building and Entrenchment 8. Conclusions: The Predicaments of the New Policy Arrangements in Global Public Policy

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

James Brassett – Warwick

Eleni Tsingou – Copenhagen Business School

Susanne Soederberg – Queen’s

Jacqueline Best – Ottawa

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS035000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy