Profits and Principles: Global Capitalism and Human Rights in China / Edition 1

Profits and Principles: Global Capitalism and Human Rights in China / Edition 1

by Michael A. Santoro
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801435013

ISBN-13: 9780801435010

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Cornell University Press

After the Tiananmen Square massacre, a vigorous international debate erupted, not only about human rights in China, but also about the role of multinational firms. Should corporations do business in China at all? Should corporations take a stand on such issues? Revelations about serious and pervasive human rights violations in Chinese factories raised even more…  See more details below

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After the Tiananmen Square massacre, a vigorous international debate erupted, not only about human rights in China, but also about the role of multinational firms. Should corporations do business in China at all? Should corporations take a stand on such issues? Revelations about serious and pervasive human rights violations in Chinese factories raised even more questions about the clash of profits and principles in China.Michael Santoro investigates these and other dilemmas, exploring the democratic values firms impart to their employees and the values firms often compromise in pursuit of profits. His interviews with foreign business executives, Chinese employees of foreign firms, human rights advocates, and foreign consular officials provide a range of perspectives. His examination of business responsibility for human rights in China also serves as a unique framework for assessing the broader social trends—both positive and negative—arising from globalization.Santoro discusses the implications of business activities for U.S. foreign policy and provides practical management advice for business executives operating in China and for those considering doing so. Surprisingly, he finds that President Clinton's program of "comprehensive engagement," which has drawn severe criticism, may in fact create a positive human rights "spin-off." Santoro's "fair-share" theory is a unique and thoughtful effort to draw the line between what moral principles do and do not require of businesses operating in China.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801435010
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxvii
1 From the Sweatshop to the Office Suite: Changing
Perceptions of Western Business in China1
2 The Two Faces of Globalization: How the Strategic
Imperatives of Global Capitalism Unleash Both Positive and13
3 Doing Good While Doing Well: A Theory of Human Rights
Spin-Off33
4. Human Rights Spin-Off in Action44
5 Comprehensive Engagement Plus: Human Rights and Foreign
Policy72
6 Human Rights on the Factory Floor: When Principles Collide
with Profits95
7 Human Rights in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century:
Ideological and Institutional Fragmentation114
8. A Fair Share Theory of Human Rights Responsibility143
9 Solving the SweatshopProblem: Prospects for Achieving
Responsible Global Labor Conditions159
10 Human Rights in the Office Suite: How to Succeed in
Business in an Authoritarian Nation without Compromising179
Appendices197
Notes207
Index225

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