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Content in the Context of Welfare Configurations: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Self-Reporting on Corporate Social Responsibility
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7094-7297
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This paper connects to research on the institutional determinants of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and examines corporate CSR agendas in the context of four differing national institutional arrangements for welfare. An analysis is presented of how self-reported CSR differs in content across two Western welfare states (UK and Sweden) and two emerging economies in the Global South (South Africa and Mauritius). The paper is based on original data collected from corporate self-reporting on CSR. Differences in content given to CSR across the four country contexts are discussed in terms of institutional complementarity and similarity between CSR and welfare configurations at the national level. The findings indicate that differences in self-reported CSR agendas are particularly evident between the two established economies on the one hand, and the two emerging economies on the other. These findings are analysed in terms of companies seeking legitimacy in the context of existing provisions for welfare, or the lack thereof.

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corporate social responsibility, institutional complementarity, institutions, welfare, developing countries, embeddedness, qualitative content analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135999OAI: diva2:1050212
Available from: 2016-11-28 Created: 2016-11-28 Last updated: 2016-11-30
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