In 1961, President John F. Kennedy outlined a bold new policy of reform toward Latin America which gave commitments to work with Latin American governments to promote more progressive tax structures, institute meaningful land reform, democratize governments, strengthen civic organizations, and significantly reduce poverty. This 'Alliance for Progress' was disbanded within 12 years however, as political situations in both the US and Latin America shifted. Three decades later, in 1995, NGOs and private businesses began partnering up for a new alliance for progress. Unlike Kennedy's policy, private enterprise rather than government was now seen as a solution to many of the region's problems. Corporate social engagement (CSE) became and remains a buzzword. Salamon, one of the foremost experts on civil society, examines what forms this new movement is taking and how it's implemented, why businesses are choosing to participate, variations between countries in their approach to such partnerships, and whether CSE has made any positive impact. Brief and highly readable, the book offers a constructive critique of CSE and shows how civil society can exert positive and constructive influence on business practices.
Lester M. Salamon is Director of the Center for Civil Society Studies, the Institute for Policy Studies, The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including The State of Nonprofit America (Brookings Institution Press, 2002), The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance (Oxford University Press, 2002), and Global Civil Society Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector [volume one] (Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, 1999). This last book, the companion volume to Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector [Volume Two], won the Virginia Hodgkinson Prize, Independent Sector, 2001.