Delinking Legitimacies: A Pluriversal Perspective on Political CSR

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This study critically examines the concept of political CSR, or legitimacy creation
through deliberation, as something that can be universally agreed upon in places where incommensurable differences exist. Through a comparative case study of two local stakeholder groups – one urban and one rural – involved in a conflict over a pulp mill in the south of Chile, this paper asks: why did the two groups choose different participation strategies in the deliberation over the desirability of the mill? Based on multiple data sources, the study finds differences in how each community made sense of the world through place-bound social imaginaries, which affected the stakeholders’ willingness to participate in deliberation. The findings suggest that legitimacy cannot be universally secured through dialogues that seek consensus at the expense of occluded imaginaries, rather it exists as a pluriversal construct. If political CSR is to play a role in legitimacy creation across imaginaries, the focus should be
on const ructing economic alternatives embedded in place that supports the co-existence of different forms of life.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Management Studies
Publication statusPublished - 23.11.2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


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