Law, Business and Legitimacy
Handbook of Business Legitimacy: Responsibility, Ethics and Society (Forthcoming, 2020), Jacob Dahl Rendtorff (Ed), Springer‐Nature
16 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2019
Date Written: April 17, 2019
The intention of this chapter is to formulate thought-provoking ideas about legitimacy and close neighbour terms. In particular, the chapter considers ‘legitimacy’ to not only be a very relevant term for business ethics in general, but also highly relevant in answering the question of how business ethics relates to law. Rather than defining legitimacy right away, the authors use the first part of this chapter to develop a comprehensive understanding of legitimacy by relating it to close neighbour terms, such as power, recognition, trust, justification and criticism on the one hand, and to legality in its contrast to and overlap with legitimacy, on the other. In the second part of this chapter, we offer concrete (real world) examples and ideas of the interaction between legitimacy and law. These examples are drawn from traditional legal disciplines such as tax law and human rights law, as well as more modern legal preoccupations such as intellectual property law, laws relating to artificial intelligence and autonomous cars, the latest organic seed certification laws etc. We envisage these examples as food-for-thought for future business ethics teaching and research at the interface of legitimacy and legality, and business ethics and its legal contexts.
Keywords: legitimacy, law, business ethics, intellectual property, EU Organic Regulation, seeds, new/emerging technologies
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