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Regulating Business for Peace
The United Nations, the Private Sector, and Post-Conflict Recovery


  • Author: Jolyon Ford, Global Economic Governance Program, University of Oxford
  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107037083

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  • This book addresses gaps in thinking and practice on how the private sector can both help and hinder the process of building peace after armed conflict. It argues that weak governance in fragile and conflict-affected societies creates a need for international authorities to regulate the social impact of business activity in these places as a special interim duty. Policymaking should seek appropriate opportunities to engage with business while harnessing its positive contributions to sustainable peace. However, scholars have not offered frameworks for what is considered 'appropriate' engagement or properly theorised techniques for how best to influence responsible business conduct. United Nations peace operations are peak symbols of international regulatory responsibilities in conflict settings, and debate continues to grow around the private sector's role in development generally. This book is the first to study how peace operations have engaged with business to influence its peace-building impact.

    • The first book to consider which international institution should regulate business conduct in countries whose own governments have been affected by civil war, and how that regulation should take place
    • Until this book there has been no study of how United Nations peace operations have in fact engaged with business, during post-conflict recovery, on issues of social impact and governance
    • Provides an approach in relation to post-conflict peacebuilding and how public policy can develop proper frameworks to manage this
    • This book stands out by offering a fully theorised regulatory technique for promoting conflict-sensitive business practices
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The role of the private sector - actual and potential - in countries emerging from violent conflict has been woefully under-examined by scholars and policy analysts. Regulating Business for Peace offers valuable insights into the risks and opportunities that business activity can bring to peacebuilding.' Richard Caplan, Oxford University, author of International Governance of War-Torn Territories

    'This is a very thoughtful, well-researched and well-written assessment of the role of regulation and the United Nations in fostering businesses' contributions to peace. It builds on a burgeoning area of contemporary research while advance an important and unique contribution to the field. Dr Ford's book is worth a close reading.' Timothy L. Fort. JD, Eveleigh Professor of Business Ethics, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107037083
    • length: 442 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Policy:
    1. Business and peace: describing the gap
    Part II. Practice:
    2. The gap in peace operation mandates, strategies and practice
    3. Timor-Leste (East Timor)
    4. Liberia
    Part III. Theory:
    5. A theory of transitional business regulation
    6. The policy basis for a transitional regulatory role
    Part IV. Future:
    7. Incipient practice by peace operations
    8. Implementing transitional business regulation.

  • Author

    Jolyon Ford, Global Economic Governance Program, University of Oxford
    Dr Jolyon Ford is an associate of the Global Economic Governance Program at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the regulation of investor and business activity in fragile, transitional and conflict-affected states, policy and regulatory options for fostering responsible and conflict-sensitive business practices, and wider public policy on the private sector's role in meeting development goals. He blogs on these issues in 'Private Sector – Public World'.

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