Karl Polanyi and the problem of corporate social responsibility

Moncrieff, L. (2015) Karl Polanyi and the problem of corporate social responsibility. Journal of Law and Society, 42(3), pp. 434-459. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6478.2015.00718.x)

107293.pdf - Accepted Version



This article considers Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as part of the projects in ‘new governance’ and ‘de-centered regulation,’ which draw social forces towards the regulation of economic behaviour. It uses Karl Polanyi to open up pertinent interfaces between society and economy for observation, and Gunther Teubner to substantiate a ‘regulatory’ view of the company’s social relationships. The article finds that CSR combines movements for the recognition of social relationships, on an unprecedented scale, with rigorous simultaneous movements for market building and social abstraction. Twenty-first century market economy is defined by a capacity to contain ‘the social,’ which is thrown between the two movements, creating opportunities for companies to void the market’s social limits. The article counterposes that the social that ‘returns’ after marketisation needs to find its way past market building CSR, to constructively unshackle and redefine the framing of social conflicts that concern markets and the corporation.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moncrieff, Dr Lilian
Authors: Moncrieff, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Journal of Law and Society
ISSN (Online):1467-6478
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Wiley
First Published:First published in Journal of Law and Society 42(3):435-459
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record