Fair Trade, Corporate Accountability and Beyond

Fair Trade, Corporate Accountability and Beyond : Experiments in Globalizing Justice

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As trade and production have increasingly crossed international boundaries, private bodies and governments alike have sought new ways to regulate labour standards and advance goals of fairness and social justice. Governments are harnessing social and market forces to advance corporate accountability, while private bodies are employing techniques drawn from command and control regulation to shape the behaviour of business. This collection brings together the research and reflections of a diverse international mix of academics, activists and practitioners in the fields of fair trade and corporate accountability, representing perspectives from both the industrialized and developing worlds. Contributors provide detailed case studies of a range of social justice governance initiatives, documenting the evolution of established strategies of advocacy and social mobilization, and evaluating the strengths and limitations of voluntary initiatives compared with legally enforceable instruments.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 406 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 31.75mm | 1,046g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0754674398
  • 9780754674399
  • 1,499,439

Table of contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction: Social governance in a global economy: introduction to an evolving agenda, Kate Macdonald and Shelley Marshall; Part I Individual and Civic Action Through Fair Trade: Fair trade at the centre of development, Steve Knapp; Developing markets, building networks: promoting fair trade in Asia, Claribel B. David and Hyun-Seung Anna Kim; Mainstreaming fair trade brands and the problem of ownership, Anna Hutchens; What gives fair trade its right to operate? Organizational legitimacy and strategic management, Alex Nicholls; Voluntarism and fairtrade, Tim Wilson. Part II Responsible Consumers and Corporations: Corporations and global justice: rethinking 'public' and 'private' responsibilities, Terry Macdonald; Corporate responsibility and stakeholder governance: relevance to the Australian garment sector, Emer Diviney and Serena Lillywhite; CSR and policy incoherence, Peter Utting; Fair consumption? Consumer action on labour standards, Gordon Renouf. Part III Mobilised Workers: Corporate accountability and the potential for workers representation in China, Anita Chan; The threat posed by 'corporate social responsibility' to trade union rights, Jeff Ballinger; Can CSR help workers organize? An examination of the lessons learnt and an exploration of a new way forward, Andrea Maksimovic; Corporate accountability through community and unions: linking workers and campaigning to improve working conditions across the supply chain, Annie Delaney; Triangular solidarity as an alternative to CSR and consumer based campaigning, Apo Leong, Chan Ka-wai and Anna Tucker. Part IV A Strengthened and Transformed Role for the State: Regional trade agreements in the Pacific islands: fair trade for farmers?, Nic Maclellan; Crowding out or ratcheting up? Fair trade systems, regulation and new governance, Orly Lobel; The regulatory impact of using public procurement to promote better labour standards in corporate supply chains, John Howe; CSR is not the main game: the renewed domestic response to labour abuses in China, Sean Cooney. Conclusion: Experiments in globalising justice: emergent lessons and future trajectories, Kate Macdonald and Shelley Marshall; Index.
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'The last decade has borne witness to increasing efforts by social movements, business, consumers, and others to achieve a more just and fair world. This book provides a timely assessment of the success of such initiatives, and the challenges they face in the decade ahead to achieve greater global justice.' Cameron Neil, Fairtrade Labelling Australia and New Zealand 'An excellent and timely book. It presents a rich array of studies on fair trade and CSR initiatives. The analysis provides essential insights into the different approaches, and succinctly clarifies common and divergent themes. An essential read for researchers and practitioners interested in this field. Highly recommended.' Stephanie Barrientos, University of Manchester, UK 'This collection, written by academics and practitioners, focuses on the social responsibilities of corporations...the text bristles with a broad spectrum of ideas and insights. The book should interest those concerned with fair trade, corporate social responsibility, and the interests of labor in social justice...Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections.' Choice 'This edited collection [...] shares a useful analytical framework that brings an institutional perspective to the issue of redressing injustice and augmenting social justice in the global marketplace. ... the book is rich with accounts of various initiatives related to social justice ...' International Journal of Consumer Studies
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About Shelley Marshall

Kate Macdonald studied Economics, Politics and Development Studies at the University of Melbourne, and International Development at Oxford University. She worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University in 2006, and joined the LSE as a Tutorial Fellow in January 2007. Her research interests are in the areas of Global Political Economy; Global Governance (particularly Labour and Social Governance); Global Poverty and Social Exclusion; Fair Trade; Corporate Accountability; Globalisation and the Developing World; Non-State Actors in World Politics. Shelley Marshall is Lecturer, Business Law and Texation, Monash University, Australia
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