Spaces of Contestation: The Governance of Industry’s Environmental Performance in Durban, South Africa

  • James Van Alstine
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Through liberalization and globalization, transnational corporations (TNCs) are arguably the most important actors in the global economy. In the last two decades there has been a move towards TNC and host country cooperation and industry self-regulation.1 Civil society opposition, however, has emerged at multiple scales, concerned that there cannot be corporate responsibility without accountability.2 While the case can be made for increased recognition of TNCs’ responsibilities towards the countries in which they operate, how TNCs are governed in developing countries is a relatively understudied area. This chapter seeks to contribute to this area of inquiry by exploring how industry’s performance in the field of environmental health has evolved in a South African context.


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