STREAM: Transnational corporations in Africa – critical and emancipatory appraisals

STREAM: Transnational corporations in Africa – critical and emancipatory appraisals

Transnational corporations (TNCs) are key shapers and influencers of economic, social and political outcomes in every nation. This is especially true in developing countries with suppressive leaderships. This is mainly because the economic size of TNCs means greater power asymmetries in relation to host countries. This thematic stream consists of papers that critically examine operations of TNCs in African economies, while pointing out practical policy recommendations to minimise their destructive role and maximise their constructive role in the emancipation of African citizens in respective country. This entails a mix of radical and progressive policy changes that are designed to context, optimally sequenced and dynamically enforced. However, given the various levels of government indifference to such policy recommendations, the papers also include incentives and inducements to alter their indifference, while empowering civil society groups in the country. The intention is to trigger a virtuous cycle that enables the African country to jump off the race to the bottom, and instead jump on emancipatory policy solutions towards the top.

Confirmed Panels

Panel 1:

  • Social Responsibility of Companies and Rural Space Transformation in Developing Countries: Some Findings from Mining/Extractive Companies in Mozambique, Machanguana, Constâncio Augusto (University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal) and Sardinha, Idalina Dias (University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Foreign-Local Interactions, Working Conditions, and National Policy in the Ghanaian Construction Industry – A Case Study of Accra , Masino, Serena (University of Westminster’s Dept. of Economics and Quantitative Data, London, United Kingdom)
  • Taxation of Transnational Corporations in Africa — a (r)Evolutionary appraisal, Kellecioglu, Deniz (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Sweden)

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