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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2007): Community regeneration and development - UK

The role of CSR in re-empowering local communities

H.J. Shaw

Social Responsibility Journal, vol. 3, no.2, 2007, p. 11-21

National governments have increasingly ceded power to multinational corporations in the era of economic globalisation. The author suggests that corporate social responsibility (CSR) has the potential to reconnect communities to these new global power-brokers and to simultaneously supply those communities with the benefits once provided by local government. It is proposed that CSR can be re-localised to the point where it becomes a truly democratic force in the hands of the people, through which they might realise their desires and ambitions.

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