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Deliberative ideals and hegemonic practices – political CSR in extractive industries
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1776-941x
2024 (English)In: Critical Perspectives on International Business, ISSN 1742-2043, E-ISSN 1758-6062Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Political Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), based on ideas about deliberative democracy, have been criticised for increasing corporate power and democratic deficits. Yet, deliberative ideals are flourishing in the corporate world in the form of dialogues with a broad set of stakeholders and engagement in wider societal issues. Extractive industry areas, with extensive corporate interventions in weak regulatory environments, are particularly vulnerable to asymmetrical power relations when businesses engage with society. This paper aims to illustrate in what way deliberative CSR practices in such contexts risk enhancing corporate power at the expense of community interests.

Design/methodology/approach: This paper is based on a retrospective qualitative study of a Canadian oil company, operating in an Albanian oilfield between 2009 and 2016. Through a study of three different deliberative CSR practices – market-based land acquisition, a grievance redress mechanism and dialogue groups – it highlights how these practices in various ways enforced corporate interests and prevented further community mobilisation.

Findings: By applying Laclau and Mouffe’s theory of hegemony, the analysis highlights how deliberative CSR activities isolated and silenced community demands, moved some community members into the corporate alliance and prevented alternative visions of the area to be articulated. In particular, the close connection between deliberative practices and monetary compensation flows is underlined in this dynamic.

Originality/value: The paper contributes to critical scholarship on political CSR by highlighting in what way deliberative practices, linked to monetary compensation schemes, enforce corporate hegemony by moving community members over to the corporate alliance.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2024.
Keywords [en]
Political CSR, Laclau, Mouffe, Hegemony, Radical democracy, Extractive industries, Albania, Oil industry
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Business Administration
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-53849DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-12-2023-0113ISI: 001202560500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85190379041OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-53849DiVA, id: diva2:1852786
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European StudiesAvailable from: 2024-04-19 Created: 2024-04-19 Last updated: 2024-04-29Bibliographically approved

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