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Political corporate social responsibility and development

Adelopo, Ismail; Yekini, Kemi; Raimi, Lukman

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Ismail Adelopo
Professor in Accounting and Finance

Kemi Yekini

Lukman Raimi


Dima Jamali

Charlotte Karam

Michael Blowfield


Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has attracted varied applications in management. This chapter contribution provides evidence of a political CSR where multinational corporations (MNCs) are complementing government’s role in bridging governance gap. The governance gap thesis and political costs hypothesis provide grounding for the discussions in this paper. Data from case studies across the Middle-Eastern countries were critically analysed and justify the political and developmental undercurrents of CSR initiatives. The key argument is that governance is crucial for development, and where there is a governance gap, it is in the interest of corporations to bridge the gap with their CSR initiatives to stimulate development. Pressure groups and civil society organisations in developing countries could leverage on the political dimension of CSR to lobby corporations to intervene in socio-economic issues especially poverty alleviation through entrepreneurship development in their operating environment for mutual benefits.


Adelopo, I., Yekini, K., & Raimi, L. (2015). Political corporate social responsibility and development. In D. Jamali, C. Karam, & M. Blowfield (Eds.), Development-Oriented Corporate Social Responsibility (29-49). Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing

Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 9, 2015
Publicly Available Date Apr 6, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Pages 29-49
Book Title Development-Oriented Corporate Social Responsibility
ISBN 9781783532452
Keywords developing countries, governance gap, political corporate social responsibility
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Additional Information Additional Information : Adelopo, I., Yekini, K. and Raimi, L. (2015) Political corporate social responsibility and development. In: Jamali, D., Karam, C. and Blowfield, M., eds. (2015) Development-Oriented Corporate Social Responsibility.(1) Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing, pp. 29-49. ISBN 9781783532452. © Greenleaf Publishing. All requests to republish the chapter should be referred to Greenleaf Publishing.


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