The Social Contract of the Firm

Economics, Ethics and Organisation

  • Lorenzo Sacconi

Part of the Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy book series (SEEP)

About this book


In order to survive as a social institution a firm needs a constitutional social contract, even though implicit, among its stakeholders. This social contract must exist if an institution is to be justified. The book focuses on two main issues: To find out the terms of the hypothetical agreement among the firm's stakeholders in an ex ante perspective and to understand the endogenous mechanism generating appropriate incentives that induce to comply with the social contract itself, as seen in the ex post perspective.


Codes of Ethics Games of Reputation Incomplete Contracts Social Contract ethics fuzzy sets issue logic

Authors and affiliations

  • Lorenzo Sacconi
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Ethics, Law & Economics (CELE)LIUC — Università Cattaneo di CastellanzaCastellanza (VA)Italy

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-63135-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-57300-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-2707
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-2723
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