Insights from Part II

  • Dorothea BaurEmail author
Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 36)


As a new paradigm for political action on a global scale, the postnational constellation has given rise to new political actors. States and international institutions share the global arena with NGOs and multinational corporations. All of these actors assume political roles in the postnational constellation because their actions impact on issues that are undeniably public but not (yet) regulated. From this new set of political actors we can conclude that the interaction between NGOs and corporations is an inherently political interaction: NGOs address companies with public claims and in doing so aim to fill the political gaps that arise in the globalized economy. It is thus only fitting to address the question of NGOs as legitimate partners of corporations from a political-theoretical perspective.


Civil Society Political Actor Multinational Corporation Deliberative Democracy Political Role 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of St. Gallen, Institute for Business EthicsSt. GallenSwitzerland

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