The Social Construction of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights

25 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2017 Last revised: 30 Aug 2017

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John Gerard Ruggie

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: June 12, 2017

Abstract

Academic proponents and opponents of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights have generated a bourgeoning literature. And by now there are several years of practical experience to inform the debate. But the conceptual and theoretical understanding of global rulemaking that informed my development of the UNGPs, and to which I have contributed as a scholar, have not been fully articulated and debated. This chapter aims to close that gap, on the supposition that those ideas might have contributed to the UNGPs’ relative success where previous efforts failed, and that in some measure they may be applicable in other complex and contested global policy domains.

Keywords: global governance, regulating multinational enterprises

Suggested Citation

Ruggie, John Gerard, The Social Construction of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (June 12, 2017). HKS Working Paper No. RWP17-030. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2984901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2984901

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