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Constructing domains of corporate social responsibility: a politicization of corporations at the expense of a de-politicization of society?

Höllerer, Markus and Meyer, Renate (2017) Constructing domains of corporate social responsibility: a politicization of corporations at the expense of a de-politicization of society? In: New Themes in Institutional Analysis: Topics and Issues from European Research. Edited by Georg Krücken, Carmelo Mazza, Renate E. Meyer and Peter Walgenbach, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham. pp. 194-223. ISBN 978-1-78471-686-8

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Abstract

Using annual reports of Austrian listed corporations between 1990 and 2005, we analyze how corporations theorize their social and societal responsibilities. We empirically illustrate that these organizations not only evoke several distinct domains of corporate responsibility, but also assign themselves and others specific positions in the social matrix of relevancy and power - which in turn gives rise to a distinct pattern on the field level. We discuss various features and implications of what we describe as a politicization of individual corporations at the price of a relocation of politics away from recognized and firmly institutionalized arenas of collective interest representation (i.e., the polity) as well as a broad-scale de-politicization of society.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in: New Themes in Institutional Analysis: Topics and Issues from European Research edited by Krücken Georg, Mazza Carmelo, Meyer Renate E. and Walgenbach Peter, 2017, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, pp. 194-223. The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only. To see the final version please visit the publisher's website. Access to the published version requires a subscription.
Keywords: Corporate social responsibility; institutional theory; categorization; typification; political role of corporations; politicization; Austria; corporatism; correspondence analysis
Divisions: Departments > Management
Version of the Document: Draft
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2018 13:21
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2018 12:24
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URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6105

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