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Belgian multinationals and public–private partnerships in economic diplomacy

Jennifer Kesteleyn (2014) THE HAQUE JOURNAL OF DIPLOMACY. 9(1). p.24-50
abstract
This article analyses public–private partnerships in Belgium’s economic diplomacy from the perspective of multinational companies (MNCs). The concept of corporate political activity (CPA) is therefore introduced. CPA is seen as a part of business diplomacy (BD), which companies use in order to defend their interests. Eight stock-listed Belgian multinationals (BMNCs) were interviewed using single, semi-structured interviews. This exploratory study focused on whether or not companies contact public officials, which strategies they use and how these strategies are organized in order to defend their interests abroad. The empirical data revealed that BMNCs enter into relationships with national and supranational actors. Information-sharing is the central aim of these relationships, because of the mutual realization that these contacts are important. This was less so, however, at the international level. In short, BMNCs will, depending on the subject and/or the institutional context, rely on the services offered by Belgian economic diplomacy. They will initially, however, also include diplomatic functions of their own.
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published
subject
keyword
Corporate political activity, MNC's, CPA, Diplomacy, Business, Multinationals, Public–private partnerships
journal title
THE HAQUE JOURNAL OF DIPLOMACY
editor
Jan Melissen and Paul Sharp
volume
9
issue
1
pages
24 - 50
ISSN
1871-1901
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A2
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
VABB id
c:vabb:391471
VABB type
VABB-1
id
4211766
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-4211766
date created
2013-12-18 13:40:11
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:38:25
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  abstract     = {This article analyses public--private partnerships in Belgium{\textquoteright}s economic diplomacy from the perspective of multinational companies (MNCs). The concept of corporate political activity (CPA) is therefore introduced. CPA is seen as a part of business diplomacy (BD), which companies use in order to defend their interests. Eight stock-listed Belgian multinationals (BMNCs) were interviewed using single, semi-structured interviews. This exploratory study focused on whether or not companies contact public officials, which strategies they use and how these strategies are organized in order to defend their interests abroad. The empirical data revealed that BMNCs enter into relationships with national and supranational actors. Information-sharing is the central aim of these relationships, because of the mutual realization that these contacts are important. This was less so, however, at the international level. In short, BMNCs will, depending on the subject and/or the institutional context, rely on the services offered by Belgian economic diplomacy. They will initially, however, also include diplomatic functions of their own.},
  author       = {Kesteleyn, Jennifer},
  editor       = {Melissen, Jan  and Sharp, Paul},
  issn         = {1871-1901},
  journal      = {THE HAQUE JOURNAL OF DIPLOMACY},
  keyword      = {Corporate political activity,MNC's,CPA,Diplomacy,Business,Multinationals,Public--private partnerships},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {24--50},
  title        = {Belgian multinationals and public--private partnerships in economic diplomacy},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2014},
}

Chicago
Kesteleyn, Jennifer. 2014. “Belgian Multinationals and Public–private Partnerships in Economic Diplomacy.” Ed. Jan Melissen and Paul Sharp. The Haque Journal of Diplomacy 9 (1): 24–50.
APA
Kesteleyn, J. (2014). Belgian multinationals and public–private partnerships in economic diplomacy. (J. Melissen & P. Sharp, Eds.)THE HAQUE JOURNAL OF DIPLOMACY, 9(1), 24–50.
Vancouver
1.
Kesteleyn J. Belgian multinationals and public–private partnerships in economic diplomacy. Melissen J, Sharp P, editors. THE HAQUE JOURNAL OF DIPLOMACY. 2014;9(1):24–50.
MLA
Kesteleyn, Jennifer. “Belgian Multinationals and Public–private Partnerships in Economic Diplomacy.” Ed. Jan Melissen & Paul Sharp. THE HAQUE JOURNAL OF DIPLOMACY 9.1 (2014): 24–50. Print.