Red Roots of Corporate Irresponsibilities (Corporate Social Responsibility with a Historical Twist)

  • Sławomir Magala
Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)


Corporate Social Responsibility is a label covering managerial checks and institutional balances introduced against the background of ethical values. Values are clearly formulated and organizational processes are designed with the inclusion of stakeholders and their voice in mind. In case of the post-communist societies designers of CRS cope with an additional level of complexity. Original sin of market reforms after the political fall of the communist regimes is the corrupt take-over of markets and democracies. Social institutions of capitalist markets and democratic states have been subverted and invaded by the unpurged networks of the post-communist power elites. They privatized the wealth of state enterprises becoming new owners of economic resources and they drifted towards the top functions in state institutions becoming post-communist power brokers. Their long-term monopoly of the media left them in command of the mainstream PR communications long after their absolute political power was gone. Democratic institutions, and the right to free speech are daily challenged by influential image and market competition. They cannot be taken for granted. Some democratic institutions are undermined by subversive networks of the corrupt mafias often formed by ex-functionaries of the communist party and her secret services. Their tacit power is explicitly legitimized by media-clusters of cultural representatives of the communist ex-power elites exploiting leftist bias of media mainstreams.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Katedra Zarządzania Instytucjami Szkolnictwa Wyższego, Instytut Spraw Publicznych, Uniwersytetu JagiellońskiegoKrakówPoland
  2. 2.Rotterdam School of ManagementErasmus University Rotterdam (Emeritus)RotterdamThe Netherlands

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