A paper on the topic of Institutional CSR co-authored with Dr Andrew Bradly from Australian National University, Canberra will be presented at the EURAM 2016 annual conference on the theme of ‘Manageable Cooperation?’ in June 2nd in Paris within the track of Business for Society. Their paper examines the motives and consequences of private firms providing public goods or services in developing countries. It argues that ‘Institutional CSR’ better conceptualizes this phenomenon than what is often termed as ‘Political CSR,’ which raises contesting issues of legitimacy. A framework for institutional CSR is developed using institutional theory along with legitimacy theory as a form of social initiative, typically motivated by ethical and strategic considerations. With the governments of many developing countries lacking either the capacity or the will to provide adequate levels of public goods or services, academics and policymakers alike are recognizing the potential and risks of CSR. Using insights from the theoretical literature on CSR, this paper develops an integrated conceptual model to explain both the antecedents of institutional CSR and its possible consequences. The theoretical and policy implications arising from this form of governance are also developed in the model.
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