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Business Ethics Journal Review

Volume 1, Issue 3, 2013

Pierre-Yves Néron
Pages 14-21

Toward A Political Theory of the Business Firm? A Comment on “Political CSR”

Glen Whelan (2012) attempts to advance what he refers to as a “critical research agenda” for the “political perspective on corporate social responsibility (CSR).” Although I think his is a worthy attempt to build a political conception of the business firm and could represent a great intellectual journey, I make some remarks about the meaning and scope of this research agenda. My argument is simple: Rawlsian egalitarianism provides resources for a political theory of the business firm, but one that leads us in different directions than Whelan’s political CSR.