I am thankful to Christine Parker, Susan Silbey, Natan Sznaider, and anonymous reviewers who provided highly useful comments on this manuscript. Please address correspondence to Ronen Shamir, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978 Israel; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Socially Responsible Private Regulation: World-Culture or World-Capitalism?
Article first published online: 25 MAY 2011
© 2011 Law and Society Association
Law & Society Review
Volume 45, Issue 2, pages 313–336, June 2011
How to Cite
Shamir, R. (2011), Socially Responsible Private Regulation: World-Culture or World-Capitalism?. Law & Society Review, 45: 313–336. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5893.2011.00439.x
- Issue published online: 25 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 25 MAY 2011
This article analyzes the phenomenon of “corporate social responsibility” (CSR; specifically: social private regulation) in light of two sociological paradigms of globalization: “world-culture” and “world-capitalism.” The study treats three analytically distinct features of CSR: the political contestation over its meaning, the role of business studies in transforming it into a managerial model, and its consolidation as a market of authorities. The study finds that (1) while CSR may be theorized as a emergent “world cultural” model, the culture paradigm does not take sufficient account of the role of corporations in shaping it, and (2) while both paradigms recognize the transition from political contestations over the character of CSR to its deployment by means of private regulation, the world-capitalism paradigm offers stronger tools for theorizing the mechanisms of change that mediate between political agency and institutionalized regulatory outcomes.