1. Steen Vallentin, Susanne Sweet, Arno Kourula, Maria Gjølberg & Atle Midttun (2015). Public Policies for Corporate Social Responsibility in Four Nordic Countries. Business and Society 54 (4):464-500.
    Corporate social responsibility was historically a business-oriented idea that companies should voluntarily improve their social and environmental practices. More recently, CSR has increasingly attracted governments’ attention, and is now promoted in public policy, especially in the European Union . Conflicts can arise, however, when advanced welfare states introduce CSR into public policy. The reason for such conflict is that CSR leaves key public welfare issues to the discretion of private business. This voluntary issue assignment contrasts starkly with advanced welfare states’ (...)
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  2. Laura Albareda, Josep M. Lozano, Antonio Tencati, Atle Midttun & Francesco Perrini (2008). The Changing Role of Governments in Corporate Social Responsibility: Drivers and Responses. Business Ethics 17 (4):347-363.
    The aim of this article is to contribute to understanding the changing role of government in promoting corporate social responsibility (CSR). Over the last decade, governments have joined other stakeholders in assuming a relevant role as drivers of CSR, working together with intergovernmental organizations and recognizing that public policies are key in encouraging a greater sense of CSR. This paper focuses on the analysis of the new strategies adopted by governments in order to promote, and encourage businesses to adopt, CSR (...)
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  3. Atle Midttun (2007). Corporate Responsibility as an Arena for Partnered Governance. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 18:222-227.
    By highlighting the specific characteristics of corporate-responsibility(CR)-oriented public governance and juxtaposing them with more traditional regulatoryapproaches, this paper will highlight some of the issues, challenges and policy tools associated with this regulatory orientation. Through stylized examples the paper also illustrates how CR-oriented public governance, interfacing with CR-oriented business strategies may play itself out in the global economy.
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