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Are transnational corporations (TNCs) and foreign direct investment beneficial or harmful to societies around the world? Since the birth of the United Nations more than 60 years ago, these questions have been major issues of interest and involvement for UN institutions. What have been the key ideas generated by the UN about TNCs and their relations with nation-states? How have these ideas evolved and what has been their impact? This book examines the history of UN engagement with TNCs, including the creation of the UN Commission and Centre on Transnational Corporations in 1974, the failed efforts of these bodies to craft a code of conduct to temper the revealed abuses of TNCs, and, with the advent of globalization in the 1980s, the evolution of a more cooperative relationship between TNCs and developing countries, resulting in the 1999 Global Compact.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Boxes, Figures, and Tables
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Series Editors’ Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxi-xxiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 1. Ideas and Institutions Relevant to Foreign Investment and TNCs Prior to World War II
  2. pp. 10-20
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  1. 2. The Early Post–World War II Era: From the Golden Years of FDI to the Incipient Rise of Economic Nationalism
  2. pp. 21-40
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  1. 3. The 1970s: Gathering Storm
  2. pp. 41-54
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  1. 4. The Group of Eminent Persons: The Eye of the Hurricane
  2. pp. 55-88
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  1. 5. The Commission and the Centre: New York Years, 1974–1992
  2. pp. 89-123
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  1. 6. From New York to Geneva: The UNCTAD Years
  2. pp. 124-150
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  1. 7. The World Investment Report Series: 1991–2007
  2. pp. 151-173
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  1. 8. Other Members of the UN Galaxy: The Constellation
  2. pp. 174-200
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  1. 9. The Legacy and the Future
  2. pp. 201-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-260
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  1. Appendix 1: Organizational Diagram of UNCTC at Its Inception, 1974
  2. pp. 261-263
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  1. Appendix 2: From New York (UNCTC) to Geneva (DITE): Leadership
  2. pp. 264-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-280
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 281-282
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  1. About the United Nations Intellectual History Project
  2. pp. 283-284
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  1. Back cover
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