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Foreign corporate accountability: The contested institutionalization of mandatory due diligence in France and Germany
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8458-9320
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Osnabrück University, Germany.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0549-8034
2023 (English)In: Regulation and Governance, ISSN 1748-5983, E-ISSN 1748-5991, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 891-908Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the recent past, European states have adopted mandatory due diligence (MDD) laws for holding companies accountable for the environmental and human rights impacts of their supply chains. The institutionalization of the international due diligence norm into domestic legislation has, however, been highly contested. Our contribution analyzes the discursive struggles about the meaning of due diligence that have accompanied the institutionalization of MDD in Germany and France. Based on document analysis and legal analysis of laws and law proposals, we identify a state-centric, a market-based, and a polycentric-governance discourse. These discourses are based on fundamentally different understandings of how the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights should be translated into hard law. By outlining these discourses and comparing the related policy preferences, we contribute with a better understanding of different ways in which MDD is institutionalized, with important consequences for the possibilities to enhance corporate accountability in global supply chains. 

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2023. Vol. 17, no 4, p. 891-908
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corporate accountability, discourse analysis, due diligence, public policy, supply chain
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-213172DOI: 10.1111/rego.12498ISI: 000857288200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85138660649OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-213172DiVA, id: diva2:1721519
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, 2016/11 #5Swedish Research Council Formas, 2019‐01386Available from: 2022-12-21 Created: 2022-12-21 Last updated: 2023-12-18Bibliographically approved

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