By Dorothea Baur
The interplay among companies and non-governmental enterprises (NGOs) has develop into a massive subject within the debate approximately company social accountability (CSR). but, not like nearly all of educational paintings in this subject, this ebook explicitly specializes in clarifying the position of NGOs, no longer of firms, during this context. according to the proposal of NGOs as political actors it argues that NGOs be afflicted by a a number of legitimacy deficit: they're representatives of civil society with no being elected; the legitimacy of the claims they increase is usually arguable; and there are frequently doubts in regards to the legitimacy of the behaviour they convey in maintaining their claims. Set opposed to a longer sphere of political motion within the postnational constellation this ebook argues that the political version of deliberative democracy presents a significant conceptualization of NGOs as valid companions of agencies and it develops a conceptual framework that particularly permits distinguishing valid accomplice NGOs from similar actor varieties with whom they proportion definite features yet who vary with recognize to their legitimacy. those similar actor forms are curiosity teams at the one hand and activists nevertheless. In end it argues specialise in the behaviour of NGOs is so much significant for distinguishing them from curiosity teams and activists.
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Cortina, 1995: 54). Of course, as will be pointed out later, the specific requirements for NGO legitimization before the public sphere depend on the notion of the public sphere that one advocates. But, for the moment, suffice it to say that the public sphere is perceived as the primary target of NGO legitimization and that both civil society and companies are actors in the public sphere. A Remark on the Role of NGOs as Experts One might wonder why the role of NGOs as experts has not been addressed so far.
2010: 326). At the heart of this type of research is a win-win perspective which is symptomatic for much of the CSR literature in general but also for articles that deal with NGO-business partnerships in particular. However, this perspective has serious implications for the choice of partner NGOs. As will be argued throughout this book, judging NGOs within a business paradigm ignores the normative role of NGOs as actors that represent morally legitimate public claims rather than particularistic economic ones, and that therefore, as outlined above, have a special status among the stakeholders of a corporation.
In contrast to the institutionalized model, the hybrid model lacks the notional accountability chain which connects the self-regulatory arrangement with voters. Yet, I argue that we can use the same strand of democratic theory to assess the political role of NGOs in such contexts. Most of the self-regulatory arrangements link their governance structures to democratic values. 19 Thus, even though formal democratic accountability is missing in the hybrid model, the fact that most of the self-regulatory arrangements commit themselves to democratic governance structures suggests that the type of political interaction that happens in this context can be assessed by the same democratic theoretical model as the institutionalized context.