1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Back | Programme Area: Markets, Business and Regulation (2000 - 2009)

Business, Social Policy and Corporate Political Influence in Developing Countries

Date: 12 - 13 Nov 2007

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  • Location: Palais des Nations - Geneva, Switzerland
  • Donor(s): DFID (UK Department for International Development)


Large corporations and business associations exert strong and growing influence over social development and government policy in developing countries.
  • How are changes in state-business-society relations affecting development strategies, and social and labour market policies?
  • Do new forms of business participation and partnership advance social development outcomes and improve the effectiveness of governance institutions?
  • What institutional, political and economic conditions encourage organized business interests to support "progressive" social, labour market and industrial policies that favour inclusive and rights-based development?

Spanning national and international issues, and based on presentations by 26 researchers from South and North, this conference addressed such questions by:
  • bringing key findings and debates from academia to the attention of United Nations agencies, governments, business and civil society organizations, and the international development research community;
  • drawing on insights from different disciplines to better understand the role of business in development and move toward more integrated, coherent policy approaches.

Sessions:
1 - Business Strategies and Social Policy
2 - Changing Patterns of State-Business Relations
3 - Business as a Social Provider: CSR & PPPs
4 - Corporate Lobbying & Policy Influence
5 - New Social Pacts and Regulatory Politics
6 - Transnational Activism and Multi-Scalar Regulation

The presentations are accessible via the link on the top right corner of this page.