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Capitalist globalization, corporate social responsibility and social policy

Sklair, Leslie and Miller, David (2010) Capitalist globalization, corporate social responsibility and social policy. Critical Social Policy, 30 (4). pp. 472-495. ISSN 0261-0183

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Abstract

This article outlines how the twin crises of capitalist globalization of class polarization and ecological unsustainability combine to produce the need for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to attempt to bridge the gap between the rhetoric and reality of corporate conduct. The first section outlines how CSR relates to capitalist globalization and how it is integrated into the activities of the Transnational Capitalist Class (TCC). The role of CSR in relation to social policy is examined next leading on to an account of the uses to which CSR is put in policy discourse, particularly its strategic use in lobbying and the advance of corporate power.