Trade Union Participation in CSR Deliberation: An Evaluation

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Whereas there has been considerable interest in the concept of political corporate
social responsibility (CSR), trade unions have been largely omitted from such
scholarly discussion. This article explores the potential of trade unions as the other
in political CSR and the contribution of trade unions to deliberative democracy with
the firm. We discuss the importance both of the legitimacy and the efficacy of the
other in political CSR. We proceed to assess trade unions as legitimate and effective
deliberative partners with the firm towards CSR, evaluating the contribution of trade
unions to deliberative democracy and also the potential outcomes for trade unions in adopting this role.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-55
JournalIndustrial Relations Journal
Issue number1
Early online date22 Mar 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Mar 2017


  • Trade unions, Industrial relations, Corporate Social Responsibility, deliberative democracy, political CSR