Lynne Rienner Publishers
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Exploring the diverse ways that corporations affect the practices and structure of the global political economy, this innovative work addresses three fundamental questions: How can the corporation be most usefully conceptualized within the field of IPE? Does global governance succeed in constraining the power of multinational corporations? To what extent has the movement for corporate social responsibility been fruitful?
The authors' rich, detailed contributions-covering topics ranging from environmental governance to control of the internet, from the evolution of legal structures to issues of outsourcing-cogently reestablish the study of the corporation as a central concern for IPE.
About the Author
Christopher May is professor of political economy in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University. His recent publications include A Global Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights: The New Enclosures? and Intellectual Property Rights: A Critical History.
Table of Contents:
Introduction Part 1: Conceptualizing the Corporation • The Century of the Corporation • Making the Modern Multinational • The Restructuring of Global Value Chains and the Creation of a Cybertariat Part 2: Corporations and Global Governance • Global Governance and the Private Sector • Shaping International Corporate Taxation • Commercial Control of Global Electronic Networks • The Political Economy of the Firm in Global Environmental Governance Part 3: Corporate Social Responsibility • Corporate Citizenship • Transnational Business Civilization, Corporations, and the Privatization of Global Governance • Instituting the Power to Do Good? • World Leaders and Bottom Feeders: Divergent Strategies Toward Social Responsibility and Resource Extraction Part 4: Afterword • Global Corporate Power and the UN Global Compact • Bibliography • Index