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Multinational Corporations and Foreign Direct InvestmentAvoiding Simplicity, Embracing Complexity$
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Stephen D. Cohen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179354

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179354.001.0001

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 An Agenda for Future Action

 An Agenda for Future Action

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Multinational Corporations and Foreign Direct Investment

Stephen D. Cohen

Oxford University Press

The more accurate and relevant assessment of MNCs and FDI offered in this book aim to play a role in reconciling the heretofore irreconcilable black-and-white positions on their positive or negative effects. This chapter builds on the thesis that these phenomena are heterogeneous, and therefore critical assessments must be disaggregated according to circumstances. The recommendations presented here for future academic study and policy debates center on the desirability of recognizing the diversity of the subject in general and the spectrum of very high quality inward FDI to very low quality, emphasizing the inclusiveness of actors playing a role in the regulation of MNCs, and acknowledging the legitimate complaints against international business operations articulated by critics of globalization.

Keywords:   transparency, non-government organizations, heterogeneity, disaggregation

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