The UN and Transnational Corporations

The UN and Transnational Corporations : From Code of Conduct to Global Compact

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Are transnational corporations (TNCs) and foreign direct investment beneficial or harmful to societies around the world? Since the birth of the United Nations more than 60 years ago, these questions have been major issues of interest and involvement for UN institutions. What have been the key ideas generated by the UN about TNCs and their relations with nation-states? How have these ideas evolved and what has been their impact? This book examines the history of UN engagement with TNCs, including the creation of the UN Commission and Centre on Transnational Corporations in 1974, the failed efforts of these bodies to craft a code of conduct to temper the revealed abuses of TNCs, and, with the advent of globalization in the 1980s, the evolution of a more cooperative relationship between TNCs and developing countries, resulting in the 1999 Global more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22mm | 498.95g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2 figures
  • 0253220122
  • 9780253220127
  • 1,502,352

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. . . a careful, thorough work with unique content . . . This new volume is a must for graduate libraries. . . . Highly recommended.June 2009 * Choice * [This book] helps unravel the complexity and deepens understanding of the role the United Nations played in promoting an understanding of TNCs (transnational corporations) and FDI (foreign direct investment). This is a unique book . . . . Simply put, the book is well written and makes for interesting reading. No scholar devoted to the global economy should be without it.Vol. LIV.2 Fall 2009 -- Edward Nissan * The University of Southern Mississippi *show more

About Tagi Sagafi-Nejad

Tagi Sagafi-nejad is the Radcliffe Killam Distinguished Professor of International Business and Director of the Ph.D. International Business Administration at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas. He is author of Controlling International Technology Transfer: Issues, Perspectives, and Implications and Technology Exports from Developing Countries: The Case of Egypt.John H. Dunning is Emeritus Professor of International Business at the University of Reading, UK, and State of New Jersey Emeritus Professor of International Business at Rutgers University. He has authored, co-authored, or edited 42 books on the economics of international direct investment and the multinational enterprise, and on industrial and regional more

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List of Boxes, Figures, and TablesSeries Editors' Foreword Louis Emmerij, Richard Jolly, and Thomas G. WeissPreface & AcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Ideas and Institutions Relevant to Foreign Investment and TNCs Prior to World War II2. The Early Post-World War II Era: From the Golden Years of FDI to the Incipient Rise of Economic Nationalism3. The 1970s: Gathering Storm4. The Group of Eminent Persons: The Eye of the Hurricane5. The Commission and the Centre, New York Years, 1974-19926. New York to Geneva: The UNCTAD Years7. World Investment Report Series: 1991-20058. Other Members of the UN Galaxy: The Constellation9. The Legacy and FutureNotesAppendix 1: Organizational Diagram of UNCTC at its Inception, 1974Appendix 2: From New York (UNCTC) to Geneva (DITE): LeadershipIndexAbout the AuthorsAbout the United Nations Intellectual History Projectshow more

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