Corporate Social Responsibility and the Welfare State: The Historical and Contemporary Role of CSR in the Mixed Economy of Welfare
By: Jeanette Brejning (author)Hardback
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Over the past four decades many European welfare states have seen an increasing involvement of the commercial sector in their mixed economies of welfare. One aspect of this development that has yet to be fully understood in social policy analysis is the engagement of businesses to address social problems, such as social exclusion, through activities labelled as 'corporate social responsibility' ('CSR'). Although CSR has gained increasing currency on both national and international policy agendas since the 1990s, it remains a topic which is predominantly researched in business schools and from a business perspective. This book aims to redress this imbalance by focusing on the social aspect of CSR. Based on interviews with a wide spectrum of people who work with CSR professionally in England, Denmark and in the EU Commission, the book argues that when CSR is linked to social exclusion it is a way of renegotiating responsibilities in mixed economies of welfare. The book also offers a comprehensive historical understanding of CSR as it traces the emergence and development of CSR in West European welfare economies as diverse as England, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany and France.
By situating CSR within the conceptual framework of the mixed economy of welfare and using Historical Institutionalism as a theoretical perspective to explore and explain the relationship between the welfare state and CSR, this book makes an innovative contribution to critical debates in comparative social policy.
Jeanette Brejning is Honorary Fellow in the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK
Contents: Introduction: examining the social dimension of corporate social responsibility; Part I Theory and Concepts: Theoretical framework: integrating historical institutionalism and the mixed economy of welfare approach; Corporate social responsibility: making sense of a contested concept. Part II A History of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Mixed Economy of Welfare: Introduction to part II; Connections between CSR and 19th century philanthropy: CSR in the commercial sector; CSR as social policy: CSR in the public sector; CSR, globalization and anti-globalization: CSR and the non-profit sector; Conclusion to part II. Part III Case Study: Views from CSR Practitioners in England and Denmark: Introduction to part III; Is there a 'social case' for corporate social responsibility? Views on the social impacts of CSR; CSR and the changing welfare state: does CSR constitute a roll back of the state? Conclusion: the welfare state, CSR, and the future; List of references; Index.
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