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Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society

Volume 14, 2003

Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Meeting

Andrew Crane, Dirk Matten, Jeremy Moon
Pages 105-115

Can Corporations be Citizens?
Corporate Citizenship as a Metaphor for Business Participation in Society

This paper investigates whether, in theoretical terms, corporations can be citizens. The argument is based on the observation that the debate on CC has only paid little attention to the actual notion of citizenship. In the few cases where it has been, authors have either largely left the concept of CC unquestioned, or applied rather unidimensional and decontextualized notions of citizenship to the corporate sphere. The paper opens with a discussion of the nature and role of metaphors for business and of the contestable nature of the political concepts sometimes applied to business. Turning to the citizenship question, it considers corporations as citizens through a fourdimensional framework of citizenship offered by Stokes (2002).

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