Business and Governance in South Africa: Racing to the Top?

Business and Governance in South Africa: Racing to the Top?

by Tanja A. Borzel
     
 

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Under which conditions do companies engage in the provision of collective goods and services if the state lacks the capacity to do so? To what extent do multinational firms engage in a 'race to the top' fostering rather than undermining regulation? The empirical analyses in the individual chapters look at business responses to some of South Africa's most pertinent

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Under which conditions do companies engage in the provision of collective goods and services if the state lacks the capacity to do so? To what extent do multinational firms engage in a 'race to the top' fostering rather than undermining regulation? The empirical analyses in the individual chapters look at business responses to some of South Africa's most pertinent governance challenges, HIV/AIDS and environmental pollution. The contributors look at firms in four industry sectors: the automotive industry, the mining industry, the food and beverage industry and the textile industry. These four sectors comprise a significant number of foreign as well as local companies, with or without brand name, which cater to different market segments within South Africa, differ in size and are exposed to varying pressure from NGOs and foreign competitors.

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ISBN-13:
9780230347779
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
06/03/2013
Series:
Governance and Limited Statehood Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Tanja A. Börzel is Professor of Political Science and holds the Chair for European Integration at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She is co-coordinator of the Research College "The Transformative Power of Europe" and directs the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence 'Europe and its Citizens'. Her research focus and teaching experience lie in the field of institutional theory and governance, European integration, and comparative regionalism.

Christian Thauer is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and currently Visiting Fellow at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, USA. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Italy, and was awarded the International Studies Association International Political Economy Best Dissertation Price 2010-2011. His research and publication activities focus on businesses as political actors and governance providers.

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