Just Ethical Business

Just Ethical Business

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It is now recognised that many governance problems in which global business has been implicated have arisen because of globalisation and can only be addressed by global solutions. It must also be recognized, Sampford argues, that governance problems at the national level contribute to governance problems and the global level and vice versa. This book provides an integrated set of perspectives on the roles of business in the ethical, social, political, economic and physical environments in which it operates globally, bringing together more than twenty years of Professor Sampford's thoughts and analysis. The book synthesises a set of consistent themes of prevailing relevance to business, with a detailed commentary on the place of business in past, current and future global public policy debates, from the best means of pricing carbon to the defining tax and welfare quandaries facing America, Europe and Asia. Its core thesis and recurring thematic crux is that - like many other problems of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries - global problems of business conduct can only be addressed by a combination of legal regulation, ethical standard setting and institutional design. The book argues that, from ratings agencies, to corporations, to superannuation funds, to banks, to governments and multilateral agencies, institutions must be redesigned to increase the probability that they will use the power entrusted in them to serve the public interest in the way they claim. The book will be of interest to academic researchers and advanced students across the governance disciplines including law, economics and finance, politics, ethics and philosophy; to corporate governance theorists and practitioners, business executives and boards of private and public companies; to non-government organisations that interact with business globally; to executives of government departments and agencies; and to university, government and corporate libraries.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138859028
  • 9781138859029

About Professor Charles Sampford

Charles Sampford has written 117 articles and chapters and has completed twenty seven books and edited collections including work on jurisprudence, public law, legal education, applied ethics, corruption, corporate governance, professional governance, public sector governance, global values and institutions, environmental governance and tax policy. William Ransome received his PhD. in the field of philosophy from The University of Queensland in July 2004. He has lectured in ethics and philosophy at the University of Queensland, Australian Catholic University (McAuley) and Bond University, and has been a research fellow in the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (IEGL) at Griffith University and Queensland Institute of Technology. He is currently working as a research fellow at the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, where he is also program leader for corporate governance and social responsibility. His current research focuses on philosophical aspects of wellbeing, virtue theory, moral psychology, theories of justice, and various topics in applied ethics and philosophy of law.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 The Place of Business 1 The Future of Business Ethics 2 From Oxymoron to Tautology 3 Business and Human Rights 4 Business and Politics 5 Capitalism, Quo Vadis? Part 1 Conclusion: Remarks and Reflections (with William Ransome) Part 2 Taxation and Justice 6 Rights, Justice and Taxation 7 Numeracy and the New Right 8 Taking Rates Seriously 9 Towards Global Taxation? Section Two Conclusion: Remarks and Reflections (with William Ransome) Part 3 Ideology and Business 10 Dworkin's Claim to a Socialist Inheritance 11 Cautionary Reflections on Privatisation Part 3 Conclusion: Remarks and Reflections (with William Ransome) Part 4 Business Futures 12 Ethical Standard Setting for Global Incentives 13 Reconceiving the Good Life 14. Towards a Global Carbon Integrity System Part 4 Conclusion: Remarks and Reflections (with William Ransome)show more