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The Embededness of Responsible Business Practice: National Institutional Environments and Corporate Social Responsibility

37 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2012  

Luc Fransen

University of Amsterdam

Date Written: July 24, 2012

Abstract

Academic literature recognizes that firms in different countries deal with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in different ways. Because of this, analysts presume that variations in national institutional arrangements affect CSR practices. Literature however lacks specificity in determining, first, what parts of national political economic configurations actually affect CSR practices; second, the precise aspects of CSR affected by national-institutional variables; third, how causal mechanisms between national institutional framework variables and aspects of CSR practices work. Because of this the literature is not able to address to what extent CSR practices are affected by either global or national policies, discourses and economic pressures; and to what extent CSR evolves as either an alternative to or an extension of national institutional arrangements. This paper proposes an alternative approach that focuses on an exploration of links between disaggregated variables, which can then be the basis for imagining new national-institutional configurations affecting aspects of CSR.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, national institutions, political economy, varieties of capitalism, globalization

JEL Classification: F55, L38, P16, P51

Suggested Citation

Fransen, Luc, The Embededness of Responsible Business Practice: National Institutional Environments and Corporate Social Responsibility (July 24, 2012). Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 14/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2116337 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2116337

Luc Fransen (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Amsterdam, 1012 CX
Netherlands

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