chapter  8
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The governance of corporations in post- conflict environments

This chapter seeks to answer the second of the research questions posed by this study: how are international corporations and their actions governed in postconflict situations? Chapter 3 of this study demonstrated that there is, to use Claire Cutler’s phrase, a ‘growing asymmetry’1 in international affairs between the significant and growing impacts that the international corporate sector has on an increasing number of issues that would historically have been regarded as ‘political’ and the inability of still predominantly state-based structures of international governance to manage these impacts. This study sought to explore how far this global picture would be reflected in the governance of international companies operating in specific post-conflict environments and the degree to which initiatives like the Voluntary Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UNGC, and the work of Professor John Ruggie are having an impact.