Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 129, Issue 3, pp 689–703 | Cite as

Political Corporate Social Responsibility: Including High Politics?

  • Oldrich BuresEmail author


This article explores whether political corporate social responsibility (PCSR) may be better understood through its inclusion into the realm of high politics instead of its current characterization as belonging to low politics. The key argument is that the growing role of private companies in the provision of security is too widespread and its implications are too important to be ignored by the PCSR literature. By extending the scope of its inquiry into high politics, the insights from PCSR research could enrich the debates in several other social sciences that also study political roles of private companies. An interdisciplinary dialog about the numerous inroads of private companies into high politics could help the PCSR scholars in their quest to reach beyond an instrumental view of corporate politics.


Corporate security responsibility High politics Interdisciplinary dialog Low politics Political corporate social responsibility New security threats Privatization of security 



The author wishes to thank Mitchell A. Belfer and the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions on this article. The usual disclaimer applies. The author gratefully acknowledges financial support of the Czech Science Foundation under the standard research Grant No. P408/11/0395.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Metropolitan University PraguePrague 10Czech Republic

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