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Corporate Actors in Global Governance: Business as Usual or New Deal?

Matthias Hofferberth, editor
Corporate Actors in Global Governance: Business as Usual or New Deal?
ISBN: 978-1-62637-803-2
ISBN: 978-1-62637-823-0
2019/288 pages/LC: 2019001894
Advances in International Political Economy
"A refreshing and valuable approach that goes a long way to deepening our understanding of corporate power and authority.... It is a must read for anyone interested in the governance roles of corporations in today’s global political economy."—Claire Cutler, University of Victoria


What part do/should corporate actors play in global governance? With regard to concerns over such issues as public health, education, human rights, and the environment, they arguably are influential. But what is the actual nature of their engagement, and what motivates it? What challenges do they face when they assume more responsibility in these spheres? Are they responsive to the normative environments in which they operate?

In answering these questions, the authors of Corporate Actors in Global Governance offer an empirically rich picture of the often contentious governance roles of corporations in today's global political economy.


Matthias Hofferberth is associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


  • Foreword—Virginia Haufler.
  • Corporate Actors in Global Governance—M. Hofferberth.
  • From Global to Local: Ford and Volkswagen's Management-Labor Relations in South Africa—J. Mikler and M. Cartwright.
  • Promoting Human Rights Responsibilities: The Experience in Ghana’s Gold-Mining Industry—U. Idemudia and C. Kwakyewah.
  • Multistakeholder Partnerships: Community Development Initiatives in the Extractive Sector—H.S. Dashwood.
  • A Three-Way Relationship: Labor, Multinationals, and Local Suppliers—N. Helmerich.
  • The Corporate Supply Chain as Global Governance—C. May.
  • Shaping Conflict: Corporate Actors in Community Engagement—T.D. Olsen.
  • Security Value Over the Long Term? ExxonMobil and the Aceh Crisis—M. Hofferberth.
  • Managing “Undesirable and Disruptive” Events: The Role of Private Security Companies in Complex Environments—R. DeWinter-Schmitt.
  • The Changing Power of the Twenty-First-Century Corporation—J. Harrod.