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

2019-08-13T23:36:53Z (GMT) 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.