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A normative framework for NGOs as legitimate stakeholders of civil society

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abstract NGOs are increasingly recognized as factual stakeholders of companies. Stakeholder Theory deals with the question whether NGOs are legitimate stakeholders of corporations. This paper argues that NGOs can only be considered legitimate stakeholders of companies if they are legitimate representatives of civil society. It is based on the assumption that NGOs act as organizations with normative claims. The aim is to outline to what normative framework NGOs as organizations with normative claims are geared. This is done by outlining the central terms of the research question and by investigating which political model provides the most adequate interpretations of these notions. It will be that the deliberative model of democracy represents the most fruitful approach to the research question at hand.
   
type working paper (English)
   
keywords political philosophy, deliberative democracy, civil society, NGOs
   
date of appearance 2006
publisher Dorothea Baur (Institute for Business Ethics, University of St. Gallen)
review external review
   
citation Baur, D. (2006). A normative framework for NGOs as legitimate stakeholders of civil society. Institute for Business Ethics, University of St. Gallen: Dorothea Baur.