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The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility Paperback – July 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0815790778 ISBN-10: 0815790775

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"David Vogel brings a refreshing breath of fresh air and objective reporting to a polarized debate. [He] has made an important contribution and has advanced scholarship in this realm with his book" — Environment



"In a world filled with hot air on the subject, it is refreshing to find such a clear--and concise--assessment of CSR's pros and cons." —Simon London, Financial Times



"Well written and empirically based. A valuable, timely volume on an important business issue. Highly recommended." — Choice



"An incisive new book... rich in detail. Vogel's argument is a rebuke to those who want fat profits and easy consciences, too. His analysis is particularly sharp at questioning conventional assumptions." — Perspectives on Politics

About the Author

David Vogel is the Solomon Lee Professor of Business Ethics at the Haas School of Business and professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Barriers or Benefits? Regulation in Transatlantic Trade (Brookings, 1998); Kindred Strangers: The Uneasy Relationship between Politics and Business (Princeton, 1996); and Trading Up: Consumer and Environmental Regulation in a Global Economy (Harvard, 1995).

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (July 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815790775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815790778
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James J. O'toole on October 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Vogel's THE MARKET FOR VIRTUE is a balanced and objective review of the many activites that fall under the rubric of "corporate social responsibility." He convincingly shows that these are over-ballyhooed by their enthusiasts, and over-disparaged by their critics. In fact, they make useful, albeit marginal, contributions to the welfare of communities and society. He draws useful distinctions between the many different manifestations of CSR, and offers thoughtful metrics for evaluating them. He cites literally hundreds of examples, and helps the reader to think about them in a rigorous and disciplined way. This is a must-read for corporate executives and business students.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Schulman on November 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Vogel's THE MARKET FOR VIRTUE is the seminal work in CSR. His lively text offers the right mix of theory, analysis, and example. His conclusions are profound and will make a difference for the better. Required reading for corporate executives, business and management students, and those of us who simply wish to be informed participants in 21st century society.
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Written by Professor of Business Ethics (Haas School of Business) David Vogel, The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility is a scholarly examination of a politically charged and highly polarized debate concerning what corporate social responsibility can, cannot, and must accomplish in a modern capitalist economy. Chapters explore answers to and differing perspectives on the questions "Is there a business case for virtue?" and "What is the demand for virtue?" as well as examining corporate responsibility with regard to both the environment and human rights. Extensively researched, The Market for Virtue is an invaluable resource offering a serious-minded, in-depth discussion of a complex issue. Enthusiastically recommended especially for college library shelves, and invaluable reading for activists, businessmen, and legal personnel grappling with all dimensions of the interests and responsibilities of corporations.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter L., Thigpen on February 21, 2006
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Vogel has provided us with a much needed skeptics eye view of Corporate Social Resposibility. This book is a very accesible and practical guide for the manager who is beset with open ended questions and needs realistic answers to a difficult subject. The "needs to have" are separated from the "nices to have", the realistic from the theoretical.

At less than 200 pages, this is the one book the operating manager needs to read on the subject.
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