Incorporating the Corporation in Citizenship: A Response to Norman and Neron
Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2008
Posted: 14 Sep 2010
Date Written: January 1, 2008
This article presents a response to Norman and Néron’s contention that the language of citizenship is helpful in thinking about the political dimensions of corporate responsibilities. We argue that Norman and Néron’s main conclusions are valid but offer an extension of their analysis to incorporate extant streams of literature dealing with the political role of the corporation. We also propose that the perspective on citizenship adopted by Norman and Néron is rather narrow, and therefore provide some alternative ways in which corporations and citizenship might be brought together. We conclude by suggesting that rather than simply applying the concept of citizenship to corporations, we now need to go further in exploring how corporations might play an active role in reconfiguring the whole notion of citizenship itself.
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