The political economy of corporate social responsibility (CSR)
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AbstractThis dissertation aims to contribute to a more contextually informed analysis of CSR by studying how political-economic institutions influence CSR practices. Approaching CSR as a political phenomenon, the dissertation studies quantitatively whether political-economic institutions can explain variation in CSR practices across 20 advanced capitalist countries, as cross-national variation provides a key to understand the institutional foundations of CSR. However, the dissertation also seeks to provide a qualitative understanding of the mechanisms and processes by which political-economic institutions influence CSR. I therefore study indepth the CSR approach of state, market, and civil society actors in the Nordic countries, which I argue to be critical cases to our understanding of the political economy of CSR. To guide this qualitative and quantitative analysis, I develop an integrated analytical framework based on three complementary perspectives – comparative political economy, international political economy, and new-institutional theory.
List of papers. Papers I-III are removed from the thesis due to copyright restrictions.
Paper I: Gjølberg, Maria (2009). Measuring the immeasurable? Constructing an index of CSR practices and CSR performance in 20 countries. Scandinavian Journal of Management 25, 10–22. doi:10.1016/j.scaman.2008.10.003
Paper II: Gjølberg, Maria (2009). The origin of corporate social responsibility: global forces or national legacies? Socio-Economic Review. 1–33. doi:10.1093/ser/mwp017
Paper III: Gjølberg, Maria (2010). Varieties of corporate social responsibility (CSR): CSR meets the “Nordic Model.”. Regulation & Governance 4, 203–229. doi:10.1111/j.1748-5991.2010.01080.x
Paper IV: Gjølberg, Maria (2011). Explaining regulatory preferences: CSR, soft law, or hard law? Insights from a survey of Nordic pioneers in CSR. Business and Politics, Issue 2. doi:10.2202/1469-3569.1351 The final publication is available at www.degruyter.com