Business and Democracy: Cohabitation or Contradition?
Business has often failed to understand its changing relationship with the forces unleashed by and within a democratizing social order. In addition, ... Show synopsis Business has often failed to understand its changing relationship with the forces unleashed by and within a democratizing social order. In addition, it has been slow to define its social and political interests and is defensive and inept in promoting them. As a corporate citizen, business is often less than effective. This book is based on a two-year, comparative study of the role of business in democratic transitions and economic development conducted by the Institute for the Study of Corporate Culture and the Centre for Development and Enterprise. Countries covered in the project include Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nigeria, the United States and South Africa. The purpose was to initiate the study of thought as a social actor and to canvass the strategic implications of this for business leaders. In a field where very little has been written about business as a social actor, this book will help to fill a significant gap in the literature.