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Transnational Governance
Institutional Dynamics of Regulation


Marie-Laure Djelic, Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson, Gili S. Drori, John W. Meyer, Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson, John Boli, Ulrika Mörth, Glenn Morgan, Lars Engwall, Martin Marcussen, Bengt Jacobsson, Francisco O. Ramirez, Sebastian Botzem, Sigrid Quack, Thibaut Kleiner, Tina Hedmo, Linda Wedlin, Anita Engels, Jason McNichol
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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521073066


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  • Globalization involves a profound re-ordering of our world with the proliferation everywhere of rules and transnational modes of governance. This book examines how this governance is formed, changes and stabilizes. Building on a rich and varied set of empirical cases, it explores transnational rules and regulations and the organizing, discursive and monitoring activities that frame, sustain and reproduce them. Beginning from an understanding of the powerful structuring forces that embed and form the context of transnational regulatory activities, the book scrutinizes the actors involved, how they are organized, how they interact and how they transform themselves to adapt to this new regulatory landscape. A powerful analysis of the modes and logics of transnational rule-making and rule-monitoring closes the book. This authoritative resource offers ideal reading for all academic researchers and graduate students of governance and regulation.

    • An important contribution to the highly topical debate about regulation in the global world
    • A collaborative work by highly regarded scholars from both sides of the Atlantic
    • Draws on varied theoretical perspectives and careful empirical research
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    Review of the hardback: 'National regimes which have long held sway over most arenas of political, economic, and social life are being supplemented and challenged by the rise of a multitude of transnational institutions. This welcome volume by an international group of scholars explores where, how and by whom these influential new governance systems are being constructed.' W. Richard Scott, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

    Review of the hardback: 'Karl Polanyi argued sixty years ago that the development of national capitalism required increasing levels of regulation. Transnational Governance shows impressively that the same thing is happening today at the international level. With the rise of globalization, nation-states, NGOs, central bankers, multinational corporations, and others are developing a host of new international modes of regulation and governance. This insightful volume will be of great interest to sociologists, political scientists, and organization.' John L. Campbell, Class of 1925 Professor, Dartmouth College, and Professor of Political Economy, Copenhagen Business School

    Review of the hardback: 'From a world society perspective and with a rich set of case studies this intriguing volume traces how transnational governance is emerging as a vital field of innovative scholarship and a vigorous domain of regulatory politics.' Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

    Review of the hardback: 'Rule making has exploded everywhere. National boundaries and institutions are challenged by transnational networks of agents creating new norms of governance. World level organizations increasingly reorder traditional regulatory patterns and communities of expert practice, and the distinction between managerial and regulatory action is no longer clear. In this collection, Djelic and Sahlin-Andersson have assembled an all star-cast to explore these different facets of the explosion in transnational regulation.' Michael Power, Professor of Accounting and a Director of the ESRC Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulations (CARR), London School of Economics

    Review of the hardback: 'The contributors to this book increase by a dimension our knowledge and understanding of the sheer complexity and restlessness of the institutions, processes, actors and cultures that are shaping transnational governance.' British Journal of Industrial Relations

    '… it is a solid and well thought-through volume, which lays out the challenge for neo-institutionalism - including power and interest.' Development and Change

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521073066
    • length: 488 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: a world of governance - the rise of transnational regulation Marie-Laure Djelic and Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson
    Part I. Institutional Forces:
    2. Scientization: making a world safe for organizing Gili S. Drori and John W. Meyer
    3. Marketization: from intellectual agenda to global policy making Marie-Laure Djelic
    4. Organizing the world Göran Ahrne and Nils Brunsson
    5. The rationalization of virtue and virtuosity in world society John Boli
    6. Soft regulation and global democracy Ulrika Mörth
    Part II. A Dynamic Transnational Topography:
    7. Transnational actors, transnational institutions, transnational spaces: the role of law firms in the internationalization of competition regulation Glenn Morgan
    8. Global enterprises in fields of governance Lars Engwall
    9. The transnational governance network of central bankers Martin Marcussen
    10. Regulated regulations: global trends of state transformation Bengt Jacobsson
    11. The rationalization of universities Francisco O. Ramirez
    III. Transnational Governance in the Making:
    12. Dynamics of soft regulations Bengt Jacobsson and Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson
    13. Contested rules and shifting boundaries: international standard setting in accounting Sebastian Botzem and Sigrid Quack
    14. The international competition network - moving towards transnational governance Marie-Laure Djelic and Thibaut Kleiner
    15. The emergence of a European regulatory field of management education Tina Hedmo, Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson and Linda Wedlin
    16. Market creation and transnational rule-making: the case of CO2 emissions trading Anita Engels
    17. Transnational BGO certification programs as new regulatory forms: lessons from the forestry sector Jason McNichol
    IV. Conclusions:
    18. Institutional dynamics in a re-ordering world Marie-Laure Djelic and Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson.

  • Editors

    Marie-Laure Djelic, ESSEC, France
    Marie-Laure Djelic is Professor of Management at ESSEC Business School, Paris.

    Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson, Uppsala universitet, Sweden
    Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson is Professor of Management at Uppsala University, Sweden.


    Marie-Laure Djelic, Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson, Gili S. Drori, John W. Meyer, Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson, John Boli, Ulrika Mörth, Glenn Morgan, Lars Engwall, Martin Marcussen, Bengt Jacobsson, Francisco O. Ramirez, Sebastian Botzem, Sigrid Quack, Thibaut Kleiner, Tina Hedmo, Linda Wedlin, Anita Engels, Jason McNichol

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