MNCs in Global Politics


MNCs in Global Politics

Pathways of Influence

9781789903225 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by John Mikler, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, Australia and Karsten Ronit, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 322 5 Extent: 224 pp
This authoritative book examines the power of multinational corporations (MNCs) to exert influence in global politics. Focusing on the actions and motivations of MNCs, it explores how they attempt to shape the political issues that affect them.

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This authoritative book examines the power of multinational corporations (MNCs) to exert influence in global politics. Focusing on the actions and motivations of MNCs, it explores how they attempt to shape the political issues that affect them.

Combining theoretical perspectives with analyses of enlightening case studies, the contributors consider key areas in which MNCs seek to exert political influence such as environmental sustainability, social conflicts and corporate tax avoidance, as well as in specific industries including mining, shipping and consulting. They also illustrate the mechanisms used by MNCs to exert influence in a wide range of policy fields at multiple territorial levels, discussing how they interact with states, intergovernmental organizations and civil society, as well as how they coordinate their activities with other parts of the business community. The book concludes that MNCs enjoy certain basic privileges in society and politics due to their preponderant economic position and their key role in the processes of globalization, but action is necessary to sustain this role.

MNCs in Global Politics will be critical reading for academics and students of politics, international relations and political economy, particularly those with an interest in globalization and governance. Its exploration of specific case studies will also be beneficial for policy-makers. 
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‘The role of multinational corporations in global politics has been neglected for many decades, after a first wave of scholarship during the 1970s. Mikler and Ronit bring together authors with various specializations, united in their attempt to present a comprehensive current picture of MNCs as political actors in their own right. The book is an indispensable working tool for scholars in various disciplines, from International Business to Political Science. It will also be very helpful for policy discussions on the adequate role of MNCs in post-corona capitalism.’
– Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

‘It is often asserted that multinational corporations wield significant power and influence, but too often this claim is taken as self-evident without any detailed exposition. In this timely volume the complexity of corporations’ engagement with states, global governance and (global) civil society is explored across a range of dimensions to establish that corporate influence is both contested and contingent. Balancing collective analyses of the global corporate realm with an attention to specific sectors and enterprises, the contributors offer a nuanced and compelling analysis that delivers a sophisticated account of corporate power and influence in the new millennium.’
– Christopher May, Lancaster University, UK
Contributors: A. Elbra, C. Hendriksen, K. Macdonald, C. May, J. Mikler, H. Murphy-Gregory, L. Sinclair, K. Ronit, E. Thurbon, L. Weiss

Preface and Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Introduction
John Mikler and Karsten Ronit

Chapter 2: Globalizing State Capitalism? Selective Internationalization of MNCs from Emerging Economies
Christian May

Chapter 3: MNCs and State Infrastructural Power
Linda Weiss and Elizabeth Thurbon

Chapter 4: Corporate Influence and Environmental Regulation in Shipping: Navigating Norms and Influence Pathways in the International Maritime Organization
Christian Hendriksen

Chapter 5: Private Sustainability Governance and Global Corporate Power
Kate Macdonald

Chapter 6: MNCs and Their Role in Global Business Associations
Karsten Ronit

Chapter 7: The Power of Mining MNCs: Global Governance and Social Conflict
Lian Sinclair

Chapter 8: Knowledge and Power: The Role of the Big Four in the Competitive Disharmonization of Global Corporate Tax Avoidance Regulations
Ainsley Elbra, John Mikler and Hannah Murphy-Gregory

Chapter 9: Conclusion
John Mikler and Karsten Ronit


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