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Transparency and legibility in international institutions: the UN Global Compact and post-political global ethics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
Södertörns högskola.
2011 (English)In: Social Anthropology, ISSN 0964-0282, E-ISSN 1469-8676, Vol. 19, no 4, 378-393 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article examines the organisational production and distribution of normatively charged ideas for governing transnational business. Based on the United Nations Global Compact Initiative, it is argued that the UN version of ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) builds on a metanarrative of rationality, involving ideals of transparency and legibility combined with an emphasis on consensus and harmony. The strong accent on partnership, agreement and dialogue leaves little space for the involved parties to articulate and defend diverging interests. By transforming what are basically political conflicts of interest into win–win terms, CSR standards and the technologies of transparency, legibility, and accountability foreclose conflictual space, and emerge as an instance of ‘post-political global ethics’.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Vol. 19, no 4, 378-393 p.
Keyword [en]
transparency, legibility, accountability, governance, corporate social responsibility
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Social Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
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Social Anthropology; Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-65360DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8676.2011.00171.xOAI: diva2:462790
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Available from: 2011-12-08 Created: 2011-12-08 Last updated: 2013-07-11Bibliographically approved

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