Government, Regulation, and Business Ethics

Bonardi, J.-P. & Keim, G. D. 2005. Corporate political strategies for widely salient issues. Academy of Management Review, 30(3): 555-576.
The paper examines how activists or NGOs can cause public policy issues to become widely salient. It then discusses how firms can prevent issues from achieving widespread salience, and how they can respond to salient issues.

Coffee, J.C. 2011. Systemic Risk After Dodd-Frank: Contingent Capital and the Need for Regulatory Strategies Beyond Oversight. Columbia Law Review, 111(4): 795-847.
Article demonstrating how the liquidity of capital leads to regulatory challenges and limits to state oversight.

Culpepper, P. 2010. Quiet Politics and Business Power: Corporate Control in Europe and Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Deibert, R. 2002. Dark Guests and Great Firewalls: The Internet and Chinese Security Policy. Journal of Social Issues, 58(1): 143.
Looks at the debate of whether the Internet is immune to regulation and thus contributing to the demise of the state or whether the technology is being used to facilitate surveillance by governments and companies. They use the example of China to highlight this debate.

Den Hond, F., Rehbein, K., De Bakker, F.G.A., & Kooijmans-van-Lenkveld, H. 2014. Playing on Two Chessboards: Reputation Effects between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Political Activity (CPA). Journal of Management Studies. 51(5): 790-813.
Research article that separates the matters of firm responsiveness to social demands (CSR) from traditional influencing of politics (CPA), and shows the potential tensions and synergies therein.

Eberhard-Harribey, L. 2006. Corporate Social Responsibility as a New Paradigm in the European Policy: How CSR Comes to Legitimate the European Regulation Process. Corporate Governance, 6(4): 358.
‘The purpose of this article is to question the emergence of CSR as a
paradigm of the European referential in terms of public policy.’

Fransen, L., 2013. The embeddedness of responsible business practice: Exploring the interaction between national-institutional environments and corporate social responsibility. Journal of business ethics, 115(2), pp.213-227.
This article proposes an alternative approach that focuses on an exploration of links between disaggregated variables, which can then be the basis for imagining new national-institutional configurations affecting aspects of CSR.

Galang, R.M.N., 2012. Victim or victimizer: Firm responses to government corruption. Journal of Management Studies, 49(2), pp.429-462.
This article addresses the relationship between firm performance and government corruption.

Knudsen, J.S., Moon, J. and Slager, R., 2015. Government policies for corporate social responsibility in Europe: A comparative analysis of institutionalisation. Policy & Politics, 43(1), pp.81-99.
This paper analyses the policies of a number of EU member governments designed to encourage CSR, and evaluates the extent to which different regions are reconstructing their institutional structures to embed CSR concerns.

Maynard, M. 2001. Policing Transnational Commerce: Global Awareness in the Margins of Morality. Journal of Business Ethics, 30(1): 17-27.
This article suggests that there are four types of policing of transnationals: themselves, other corporations, governmental agencies and public exposure. The last of these is found to be the most effective.

Miles, L. 2006. The Application of Anglo-American Corporate Practices in Societies Influenced by Confucian Values. Business and Society Review, 111(3): 305.
This article looks at the changes that would have to be made if anglo-american business practices were to be incorporated into Confucian societies as Western values and practices are often in conflict.

Mizruchi, M.S. 2013. The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Major book examining changes in how American business leaders see themselves and their role in society. Shows decline in business elite’s care for common welfare or appetite for intervention in larger political engagements.

Monbiot, G. 2016. 'Captive State. The corporate takeover of Britain', London: Pan.
A committed and well-argued account of the spread of corporate power and the extent to which the foundations of democratic government are threatened by corporate expansion and globalization.

Oberman, W. D. 2004. A framework for the ethical analysis of corporate political activity. Business and Society Review, 109(2): 245-262.
Paper sets out a framework for ethical behaviour in the political system, as a means of encouraging internal reform on the part of participants. The objective is to identify the questions that need asking. U.S. focus. Compare with Ostas’s framework.

Ostas, D. T. 2007. The law and ethics of K Street: Lobbying, the First Amendment, and the duty to create just laws. Business Ethics Quarterly, 17(1): 33-63.
This paper describes out the legal system governing lobbying in Washington, D.C., and sets out the ethical framework for lobbying of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown university. Compare with Oberman’s framework.

Pies, I., Beckmann, M. and Hielscher, S., 2014. The political role of the business firm: An ordonomic concept of corporate citizenship developed in comparison with the Aristotelian idea of individual citizenship. Business & Society, 53(2), pp.226-259.
This article discusses the notion of the ‘political’ role of the firm and presentation of an ordonomoic concept of corporate citizenship by way of comparison with Aristotelian idea of individual citizenship for the antique polis.

Scherer, A., Palazzo, G. and Baumann, D. 2006. Global Rules and Private Actors: Toward a New Role of the Transnational Corporation in Global Governance. Business Ethics Quarterly, 16(4): 505.
This paper looks at the role transnational corporations should have in contributing towards global governance and debates whether this role should include such things as guaranteeing individual citizenship rights, or whether they should focus on profit.

Subramaniam, N., Kansal, M. and Babu, S., 2017. Governance of mandated corporate social responsibility: Evidence from Indian government-owned firms. Journal of Business Ethics, 143(3), pp.543-563.
This study provides evidence on the governance of CSR policies and activities by Indian central government-owned companies [i.e. Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)] within a unique mandatory regulatory setting.

Zhao, M. 2012. CSR-Based Political Legitimacy Strategy: Managing the State by Doing Good in China and Russia. Journal of Business Ethics, 111(4): 439-460.
Research from China that shows how CSR can advance more traditional political agendas.