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.
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.