Corporate accountability to the poor? Assessing the effectiveness of community-based strategies

Newell, Peter and Garvey, Niamh (2005) Corporate accountability to the poor? Assessing the effectiveness of community-based strategies. Development in Practice, 15 (3-4). pp. 389-404. ISSN 0961-4524

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Abstract

This paper investigates how, why, and when community-based strategies are effective in promoting corporate accountability (CA) to the poor. It argues that mainstream approaches to corporate social responsibility (CSR) underestimate the importance of power in the relationship between corporations and the communities in which they invest, which limits their applicability to many developing-country contexts in particular. In addressing this neglect, the article draws on literature on power, accountability, and citizen participation in order to analyse cases where communities have attempted to hold corporations to account for their social and environmental responsibilities. The paper argues that more attention should be paid to a number of state-, corporation-, and community-related factors, which are found to be key to the effectiveness of strategies aimed at enhancing CA to the poor.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Peter Newell
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:26
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 08:29
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12473
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