Global Policies and Local Practice: Loose and Tight Couplings in Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives

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    This paper extends scholarship on multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) in the context of corporate social responsibility in three ways. First, I outline a framework to analyze the strength of couplings between actors participating in MSIs. Characterizing an MSI as consisting of numerous local networks that are embedded in a wider global network, I argue that tighter couplings (within local networks) and looser couplings (between local networks) coexist. Second, I suggest that this coexistence of couplings enables MSIs to generate policy outcomes which address the conditions of a transnational regulatory context. I argue that MSIs' way of organizing enables them to cope with three challenges: the stability, flexibility, and legitimacy of governance. Reflecting on these challenges, the article identifies a number of problems related to MSIs' role in transnational governance. Third, I discuss the UN Global Compact as an illustrative case and examine problems and opportunities related to its stability, flexibility, and legitimacy.
    This paper extends scholarship on multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) in the context of corporate social responsibility in three ways. First, I outline a framework to analyze the strength of couplings between actors participating in MSIs. Characterizing an MSI as consisting of numerous local networks that are embedded in a wider global network, I argue that tighter couplings (within local networks) and looser couplings (between local networks) coexist. Second, I suggest that this coexistence of couplings enables MSIs to generate policy outcomes which address the conditions of a transnational regulatory context. I argue that MSIs' way of organizing enables them to cope with three challenges: the stability, flexibility, and legitimacy of governance. Reflecting on these challenges, the article identifies a number of problems related to MSIs' role in transnational governance. Third, I discuss the UN Global Compact as an illustrative case and examine problems and opportunities related to its stability, flexibility, and legitimacy.
    SprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftBusiness Ethics Quarterly
    Vol/bind22
    Udgave nummer4
    Sider679-708
    ISSN1052-150X
    StatusUdgivet - 2012

    Emneord

    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    • Global governance
    • Local networks
    • Loose coupling
    • Multi-stakeholder initiatives
    • Network theory

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    Global Policies and Local Practice : Loose and Tight Couplings in Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives. / Rasche, Andreas.

    I: Business Ethics Quarterly, Bind 22, Nr. 4, 2012, s. 679-708.

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