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Business and governance in South Africa : racing to the top? / edited by Tanja A. Börzel, Professor of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and Christian R. Thauer, Assistant Professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.


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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
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  • xiv, 274 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-264) and index.
  • Introduction. Business and governance in areas of limited statehood / Tanja A. Börzel
  • Business, governance and government in South Africa : the legacy of apartheid / Jana Hönke, Nicole Kranz, Anna Kristin Müller-Debus, and Christian R. Thauer
  • Fighting HIV/AIDS in South Africa. HIV/AIDS in South Africa / Anna Kristin Müller-Debus and Christian R. Thauer
  • Coping with uncertainty : the automotive industry and the governance of HIV/AIDS in South Africa / Christian R. Thauer
  • Between cause and cure : the mining industry and hiv/aids governance in South Africa / Jana Hönke
  • Beyond customer care : does HIV/AIDS matter to the South African food and beverage sector? / Nicole Kranz
  • Stuck in the shadow of anarchy : HIV/AIDS governance and the textile sector in South Africa / Anna Kristin Müller-Debus
  • Fighting environmental pollution in South Africa. Environmental policy in South Africa / Nicole Kranz and Jana Hönke
  • Upgrading the periphery? : the contribution of car companies to environmental governance in South Africa / Christian R. Thauer
  • Cleaning up their act, or more? : mining companies and environmental protection in South Africa / Jana Hönke & Nicole Kranz
  • Securing the production basis : environmental governance in the food and beverage sector / Nicole Kranz
  • A race to the bottom? environmental protection and the textile industry / Anna Kristin Müller-Debus
  • Conclusions. Racing to the top? / Tanja A. Börzel, Christian R. Thauer, and Jana Hönke.
Under which conditions do companies engage in the provision of collective goods and services if the state lacks the capacity to do so? To what extent do multinational firms engage in a 'race to the top' fostering rather than undermining regulation? The empirical analyses in the individual chapters look at business responses to some of South Africa's most pertinent governance challenges, HIV/AIDS and environmental pollution. The contributors look at firms in four industry sectors: the automotive industry, the mining industry, the food and beverage industry and the textile industry. These four sectors comprise a significant number of foreign as well as local companies, with or without brand name, which cater to different market segments within South Africa, differ in size and are exposed to varying pressure from NGOs and foreign competitors.
Börzel, Tanja A., 1970- editor of compilation.
Thauer, Christian, 1976- editor of compilation.
Governance and limited statehood series.

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