Political CSR and Populism: Towards an Information-Based Theory of Political CSR

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Extant research on political corporate social responsibility (PCSR) has not yet addressed how the populist turn impacts PCSR theory and practice. This conceptual article analyzes how populism influences PCSR across a range of political environments. We draw on signaling and screening theories to develop a conceptual model that advances PCSR literature by proposing an information-centric approach. We highlight the necessity of high-quality information as an enabling condition for effective PCSR-related decision-making and our model explains how the depreciation of information transparency under populism impacts PCSR strategy. We thus contribute to PCSR literature with a new information-based theorization, by showing how PCSR depends on the political environment, and by enhancing our understanding of the role of the state in the development of PCSR strategies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBusiness & Society
Early online date1 May 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 May 2023


  • political CSR, political regimes, populism


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