Bobby Banerjee

Philosophical Reflections on the Governance of Corporate Social Responsibility

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In this paper I explore the philosophical and theoretical ideas about the political role of corporations. I argue that contemporary discourses on political CSR with its focus on deliberative democracy do not take into account structural and discursive power relations between and within different regions of the world. I describe the emergence of resource wars in the postcolonial era and how organizational technologies of extraction, exclusion and expulsion lead to dispossession and death in many parts of the Third World. I conclude by discussing possibilities of resistance and develop the notion of translocal resistance where local actors most affected by development are able to forge a series of temporary coalitions with international and national groups in an attempt to promote some form of participatory democracy.