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Transnationale Konzerne und soziale Bewegungen

Conflicts between TNCs and social movement organisations raise two important issues. First, they demonstrate that an increasingly transnational arena of public contestation and debate has gained relevance for the acceptance and legitimacy of business decisions. Within this arena, which may be regarded as an emerging 'transnational civil society', the legitimacy of decisions cannot be secured by the mechanisms of formal state politics alone. Rather it becomes a matter of 'transnational subpolitics', i.e. informal politics between transnational non-state actors. Second, conflicts between TNCs and protest groups are examples of the clash of diverging rationalities in a modern, differentiated society. They pit economic rationality against environmental concern and thus provide a testing ground for social processes that may be able to resolve such conflicts.


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