Introduction: Ethics, politics and organizing

Martin Parker*

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This introduction to the special issue consists of some arguments that are intended to fold the concepts 'ethics' and 'politics' into one another. The aim of this exercise is to take business ethics to task for having a narrowly 'ethical' view of its ambitions. Instead, I propose that business ethics needs to embrace political theory in addition to the moral philosophy that it has (up to now) treated as canonical. I argue that such an enlargement will encourage those who currently practise business ethics to ask broader questions about the current legitimacy crisis facing market managerialism, and also seriously to consider alternative forms of organization and exchange. The paper concludes with a short review of the rest of the issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-203
Number of pages17
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2003


  • Business ethics
  • Ethics
  • Moral philosophy
  • Political philosophy
  • Politics


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