Doing the Social in Social License

David Rooney, Joan Leach*, Peta Ashworth

*Corresponding author for this work

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A social license to operate (SLO) is said to result from a complex and sometimes difficult set of negotiations between communities and organizations (NGOs, government, and industry). Each stakeholder group will hold different views about what is important, what is true, and who can or cannot be trusted. This article reviews the contributions made in this special issue on SLO. It also sketches the benefits of applying phronesis, or a practical wisdom-based theorization, of how SLOs can be co-produced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-218
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Epistemology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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