Samuel F. Mansell is a Lecturer in Management at the University of St Andrews. Samuel's research interests continue to lie in the application of political and moral philosophy to the field of business ethics, with particular reference to the work of Aristotle, Aquinas, Hobbes and Kant. He is currently researching the roles of distributive justice and charity in the modern corporation.
'Mansell offers a thorough but highly readable, a close but wide ranging, and a sympathetic but ultimately critical account of stakeholder theory which renews key debates about the corporation and its objectives.' Jeremy Moon, International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School 'Samuel Mansell tackles a central aspect of the currently fashionable discourse of Social Responsibility in relation to theories of Social Contract and Justice by interrogating the principles of social justice and fairness that lie underneath the rhetoric of free markets. His careful analysis is required reading for those who want to go beyond the PR sloganizing and tick-box compliance into a re-evaluation of market principles in the democratic society.' David Weir, Head, School of Business, Leadership and Enterprise, University Campus Suffolk 'Samuel Mansell develops a sustained critique of stakeholder conceptions of the corporation, demonstrating their fundamental incoherence. What makes this book stand out, apart from its rigour and its dispassionate fairness, is its author's notable philosophical sophistication and, what is even rarer, his historical literacy. These between them allow him (in particular) to subvert the 'social contract' fictions on which CSR and stakeholder doctrines rely, without however suggesting that shareholder conceptions are unproblematic, or that there are plausible 'critical' alternatives.' Harro Hopfl, Essex Business School