The Handbook of Global Companies, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118326121
  • ISBN-13: 9781118326121
  • DDC: 322.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 544 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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It is now a widely held belief that corporations are among the most powerful institutions on the planet, yet there is a surprising lack of sophisticated analysis into the level of influence they hold in terms of policy and governance. The Handbook of Global Companies compiles a series of original essays by established experts and emerging scholars addressing the latest theoretical findings and empirical evidence relating to the role of global companies in national, regional and international governance. Debate about the power global companies wield in a world characterized by complex interdependence - from the national to the regional through to the global level - is the central theme of this Handbook. Questions surrounding the ways global companies share authority to effect new forms of governance with states and international organizations are covered, as are their relations with civil society. Particular industries are considered, such as the role of the finance industry and national regulators, the role of mining companies in developing countries, and the role of consulting firms as agents of change. Central themes facing the world and the role of global companies in respect of these, such as development, inequality, the environment, and social responsibility are featured in the contributions. New forms of global companies and the role they play in emerging markets, such as China, are also covered. Additional sections address the broader potential and limitations of global companies as a catalyst in global governance. This wide-ranging coverage ensures The Handbook of Global Companies offers important insights into the complexities and societal impact of twenty-first century corporations in today's globalized world.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Handbook of Global Policy Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
List of Illustrations.
Notes on Contributors.
1: Global Companies as Actors in Global Policy and Governance.
2: Locating Global Companies.
3: The Global Company.
4: The National Identity of Global Companies.
5: Big Business in the BRICs.
6: Global Companies and Power.
7: Theorizing the Power of Global Companies.
8: Why, When, and How Global Companies Get Organized.
9: How Governments Mediate the Structural Power of International Business.
10: How Global Companies Wield Their Power: The Discursive Shaping of Sustainable Development.
11: Global Companies and the State.
12: How Global Companies Make National Regulations.
13: Making Government More “Business-Like”: Management Consultants as Agents of Isomorphism in Modern Political Economies.
14: East Asian Development States and Global Companies as Partners of Techno-Industrial Competitiveness.
15: Varieties of the Regulatory State and Global Companies: The Case of China.
16: Global Companies and Emerging Market Countries.
17: Global Companies and International Organizations.
18: Regulating Global Corporate Capitalism.
19: Global Companies as Agenda Setters in the World Trade Organization.
20: Business Interests Shaping International Institutions: Negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
21: Global Companies and the Environment: The Triumph of TNCs in Global Environmental Governance.
22: Global Companies, the Bretton Woods Institutions, and Global Inequality.
23: Outsourcing Global Governance: Public-Private Voluntary Initiatives.
24: Global Companies and Society.
25: Global Companies and Global Society: The Evolving Social Contract.
26: Global Companies as Social Actors: Constructing Private Business in Global Governance.
27: The Socially Embedded Corporation.
28: Ecological Modernization and Industrial Ecology.
29: The Exercise and Limitations of Private Global Governance.
30: Global Companies as Agents of Globalization.
31: The Greening of Capitalism.
32: Global Companies and the Private Regulation of Global Labor Standards.
33: Global Private Governance: Explaining Initiatives in the Global Mining Sector.
34: Will Business Save the World?.