Government Policies for Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe: A Comparative Analysis of Institutionalisation

Jette Steen Knudsen, Jeremy Moon, Rieneke Slager

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    Abstract

    This paper analyses policies of 22 European Union member governments, designed to encourage corporate social responsibility (CSR) between 2000 and 2011. It categorises these policies by their regulatory strength and identifies the range of issues to which CSR policies are directed. The paper argues that Northern European, Scandinavian and UK governments are reconstructing their respective institutional structures to embed CSR concerns more explicitly therein. It concludes that these government CSR initiatives are converging, particularly around their increased regulatory strength and the broadening of their issue application. Policies in Mediterranean and the former communist countries do not reflect increasing institutionalisation.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPolicy and Politics
    Volume43
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)81-99
    Number of pages19
    ISSN0305-5736
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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