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Tethered Fates explores the challenge of safeguarding economic rights beyond the factory floor in global supply chains. Drawing on a 7,000-company database, it maps trends in company-community interaction through "stakeholder dialogue." It features grassroots perspectives from two manufacturing communities in the Dominican Republic, and assesses emerging policy alternatives globally.
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Tim Bthe, Perspectives on Politics This book is a timely addition to the literature on the promise and limitation of CSR [corporate social responsibility] and the private governance of transnational production.... a wealth of methodological insights...allows Hertel to provide fascinating, empirically rich accounts of individual everyday socioeconomic challenges in light of the local incarnation of economic globalization and perceptions of community needs, as well as knowledge of, interest in,
experiences with, and assessments of stakeholder dialogues between the local community and the companies that tie them to global value chains.
Andy Symington, Australian Journal of Human Rights Tethered Fates, though neatly structured and designed around two tightly focused case studies, is a radical book in many ways; it encourages the reader to think deeply about everything from the nature of consultation to broader themes like responsibility for poverty and the very role of business in society. As a short, engagingly written work, it is very accessible for non-specialists, as well as anyone with an interest in the business human rights or
business ethics fields.
Rachel Alexander, ILR Review Overall, the author successfully brings together diverse sources of data to present a rich and compelling narrative that draws attention to the underexplored experiences of stakeholders connected to the activities of global businesses. The findings and recommendations in Tethered Fates can provide practical guidance to practitioners and can set an agenda for future research on how international businesses engage with local communities.
Shareen Hertel's careful and timely research eloquently exposes how business-influenced social responsibility initiatives often leave community members out of the remedy process when harmed by business activities. In contrast, 'worker-driven social responsibility' (WSR) initiatives provide the crucial element of grassroots engagement that often makes remedy possible. Masterfully employing a range of methods from statistical analysis to participant-observation in two
small factory towns in the Dominican Republic, Hertel provides a crucial contribution to the literature on social responsibility in global supply chains. This book is highly recommended to scholars and practitioners alike."-Mark Anner, Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, and
Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University
This book is an important contribution to the ongoing debates around Business and Human Rights (BHR). The research is grounded in case studies where Hertel argues for an alternative Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) paradigm developed by workers and community-based allies. The book also illuminates the potential and limits to WSR and BHR strategies, and points to the need to look at structural roots of poverty and concludes with a renewed call for more robust
theory and practice that foregrou...
Shareen Hertel is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut and has worked with foundations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and United Nations agencies in the United States, Latin America, and South Asia for over two decades. Hertel is also editor of The Journal of Human Rights and and has published books and articles across multiple disciplines.
Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: A Genealogy of Community Consultation Chapter 3: Global Landscape and Local Contexts for Stakeholder Consultation Chapter 4: The People Beyond the Tag: Stakeholder Perceptions in Villa Altagracia Chapter 5: Agents of Change: Stakeholder Perceptions in Bonao Chapter 6: Policy Implications of Changes in Stakeholder Consultation Epilogue Appendix 1: Interview Questionnaire Appendix 2: Cuestionario Notes References Index