The idea that business has to be integrated into conflict prevention efforts gained power and momentum in the last ten years. Both activists and policymakers seek to bring business into voluntary governance regimes to manage the impact of economic activity on conflict dynamics. Since governments are the traditional providers of peace and security, we have to ask why this shift in perspective occurred. Why shift responsibility for something normally reserved for public authorities to the private sector? The agenda was set by the emergence of a broader corporate social responsibility agenda, and efforts by governments to delegate authority over conflict prevention to others. This agenda was institutionalized in a variety of innovative public-private governance mechanisms.
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Virginia Haufler, Associate Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland College Park
- Tuesday, 03 November 2009
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road