Private Politics - A Research Agenda

10 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2009

Date Written: May 10, 2007


Regulation is usually understood as the result of government action exercised and implemented by legislatures, agencies, and the courts. Yet, in recent years public institutions are no longer the sole source of constraints on business activity. Rather, political activists and nongovernmental organizations (“NGOs”) have increasingly succeeded in forcing firms to change their business practices by directly targeting companies and their value chains. We provide and overview on this emerging research area.

Keywords: private politics, NGOs, boycotts, regulation

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Diermeier, Daniel, Private Politics - A Research Agenda (May 10, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

Daniel Diermeier (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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