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The political role of the corporation, stakeholder engagement, and law: A study of mining-Indigenous relations in Australia

posted on 2019-08-13, 23:36 authored by JASON SING
This thesis presents a qualitative, exploratory study of mining-Indigenous relations in Australia. It contributes to knowledge through a novel investigation of the political role of the corporation that brings socio-legal studies into debates on business-society relations. I employed a multi-case study research design, and immersed myself in two Rio Tinto mining operations that come under contrasting land rights laws. I show how the political role of the corporation comprises co-evolving consensual and dissensual stakeholder engagement that mutually shape each other’s development. I then conclude that law shapes and is shaped by stakeholder engagement and, thus, is generative of mining-Indigenous relations.


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Principal supervisor

Gavin Alexander Jack

Additional supervisor 1

Michelle Greenwood

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Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Business and Economics