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Voluntary Programs: A Club Theory Perspective

Matthew Potoski and Aseem Prakash


The growth of voluntary programs has attracted the attention of policymakers, nongovernmental organizations, and scholars. Thousands of firms around the world participate in these programs, in which members agree to undertake socially beneficial actions that go beyond the requirements of government regulations, such as following labor codes in the apparel industry, adhering to international accounting standards, and adopting internal environmental management systems. This book analyzes the efficacy of a variety of voluntary programs using a club theory, political-economy framework, and examine ... More

Keywords: labor codes, environmental management, policy tools, stakeholders, industry associations, governments, nongovernmental organizations, blood diamonds, shipping, sweatshops

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262162500
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262162500.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Potoski, editor

Aseem Prakash, editor

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