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End of Corporate Social Responsibility: Crisis and Critique

by Peter Fleming and Marc T Jones SAGE Publications Ltd
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Providing a much-needed critique of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice and scholarship, this book seeks to redress CSR advocacy, from a political and critical perspective. A strident approach backed up by extensive use of case studies presents the argument that most CSR-related activity aims to gain legitimacy from consumers and employees, and therefore furthers the exploitative and colonizing agenda of the corporation. By examining CSR in the context of the political economy of late capitalism, the book puts the emphasis back on the fact that most large corporations are fundamentally driven by profit maximization, making CSR initiatives merely another means to this end. Rather than undermining or challenging unsustainable corporate practices CSR is exposed as an ideological practice that actually upholds the prominence of such practices. As CSR gathers momentum in management practice and scholarship, students in the fields of CSR, business ethics, and strategy, will find this text a useful companion to counter received wisdom in this area.

Preface Introduction: The End of Corporate Social Responsibility? Welcome to the House of the Blind: What Corporate Social Responsibility Does Not See The Multinational Corporation to the Rescue? Corporate Citizenship Theory Stakeholder Theory and Other Fantasies of the 'Ethical Corporation' The Working Stakeholder: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Employee From Propaganda to Parasite? Towards a Critical Political Economy of CSR Conclusion: The Beginning of (Non) Corporate Social Responsibly? Postscript: On the Uses of Critique

Peter Fleming University of London, UK University of London

Marc T Jones Ashridge Business School