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Corporate social responsibility á la the liberal communist

Cederström, Carl Fredrik Rudolf and Marinetto, Michael John Paul ORCID: 2013. Corporate social responsibility á la the liberal communist. Organization 20 (3) , pp. 416-432. 10.1177/1350508413478311

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This article explores the ‘liberal communist’, a conceptual and satirical figure originally elaborated in the work of Slavoj Žižek (2008). The liberal communist claims (1) that there is no opposition between capitalism and the social good; (2) that all problems are of a practical nature, and hence best solved by corporate engagement and (3) that hierarchies, authority and centralized bureaucracies should be replaced by dynamic structures, a nomadic lifestyle and a flexible spirit. This analysis of the liberal communist has at least two implications for research on CSR. First, it examines the ideological role of CSR by moving beyond a propaganda view, instead offering an ideological reading that focuses on the ways in which CSR seeks to obliterate any existing contradictions between ‘philanthropic actions’ on the one hand and ‘profit-seeking business activities’ on the other hand. Second, it demonstrates how critique is not necessarily what corporations seek to avoid, but something that they actively engage in.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Uncontrolled Keywords: business ethics; capitalism; corporate social responsibility; ethics; liberal communist; neo-liberalism; Zizek
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1350-5084
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 09:52

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