Business and Public–Private Partnerships for Sustainability: Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility?

Elsig, Manfred; Amalric, Franck (2008). Business and Public–Private Partnerships for Sustainability: Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility? Global Society, 22(3), pp. 387-404. Carfax Publ. Co. 10.1080/13600820802090538

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This article analyses public–private partnerships (PPPs) in the field of sustainable development from an international relations perspective with insights from the business and ethics literature. We argue that the role of business in these types of arrangements has not been sufficiently explored. After presenting three ways of approaching PPPs to stress the many facets of partnerships across the public–private divide, we discuss the emergence of these novel forms of governance from a demand side and contrast such a functionalist reading with the supply side. Then we look at the micro-economic incentives for corporations to engage in such endeavours. We develop arguments derived from the dominant literature to provide an analytical framework for explaining business participation. Finally, we discuss the role of PPPs in light of input and output legitimacy. We conclude by alluding to the emergence of an expectation-capacity gap and normative issues related to the global PPP architecture.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Elsig, Manfred

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1360-0826

Publisher:

Carfax Publ. Co.

Language:

English

Submitter:

Manfred Elsig

Date Deposited:

04 Sep 2014 15:29

Last Modified:

31 May 2017 12:49

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/13600820802090538

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.49431

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/49431

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