Corporate Social Responsibility & Development: A Knot of Disempowerment
Sortuz: Oñati Journal of Emergent Socio-Legal Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 43-71, 2008
29 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2009 Last revised: 4 Dec 2013
Date Written: November 21, 2008
This paper presents a discursive analysis of the arrival, operation, and effects of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on international development from a socio-legal perspective. CSR has become a priority on the international development agenda as frameworks for development promote the contraction of the state's role and seek to encourage corporate participation in addressing social issues. It is argued here, however, that CSR discourse represents an expansion of development as an antipolitics machine. As a discourse, CSR possesses a powerful capacity for selfperpetuation, allowing it to appropriate and rephrase social dissent in its own terms, and cancelling genuine political contestation. Through institutionalization, regularization and managerial capture, CSR exemplifies how discursive practices and structures embody a constellation of power relations that constrain action and obscure the intrinsically political nature of development.
Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Development, Anti-Politcs Machine, Ferguson, Escobar, Foucault, Discoursive Analysis, Socio-Legal, Law
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation