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Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Conceptualization and Framework for Analysis

Published on Mar 1, 2014in Regulation & Governance2.79
· DOI :10.1111/rego.12030
Burkard Eberlein15
Estimated H-index: 15
(York University),
Kenneth W. Abbott26
Estimated H-index: 26
(ASU: Arizona State University)
+ 2 AuthorsStepan Wood10
Estimated H-index: 10
(York University)
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Abstract
This special issue demonstrates the importance of interactions in transnational business governance. The number of schemes applying non-state authority to govern business conduct across borders has vastly expanded in numerous issue areas. As these initiatives proliferate, they increasingly interact with one another and with state-based regimes. The key challenge is to understand the implications of these interactions for regulatory capacity and performance, and ultimately for social and environmental impact. In this introduction, we propose an analytical framework for the study of transnational business governance interactions. The framework disaggregates the regulatory process to identify potential points of interaction, and suggests analytical questions that probe the key features of interactions at each point.
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Graeme Auld19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Carleton University),
Jessica F. Green12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Case Western Reserve University)
There is a commonly held view that forms of private regulation and governance arise when intergovernmental cooperation fails. While we do not dispute that this is sometimes the case, this paper focuses on the longer-term effects of private authority – namely, the ways that public and private authority interact over time. We argue that a more complete understanding of regime complexity must include private authority, which we define as situations in which non-state actors make rules or set standa...
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Published on Mar 1, 2014in Regulation & Governance2.79
Tony Porter13
Estimated H-index: 13
(McMaster University)
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Published on Mar 1, 2014in Regulation & Governance2.79
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Estimated H-index: 33
(Yale University),
Michael W. Stone5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Yale University)
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Published on Mar 1, 2014in Regulation & Governance2.79
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Estimated H-index: 19
(Fridtjof Nansen Institute)
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Published on Mar 1, 2014in Regulation & Governance2.79
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Estimated H-index: 17
(OSU: Ohio State University)
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Published on Mar 1, 2014in Regulation & Governance2.79
Christine Overdevest16
Estimated H-index: 16
(UF: University of Florida),
Jonathan Zeitlin29
Estimated H-index: 29
(UvA: University of Amsterdam)
Transnational governance initiatives increasingly face the problem of regime complexity in which a proliferation of regulatory schemes operate in the same policy domain, supported by varying combinations of public and private actors. The literature suggests that such regime complexity can lead to forum shopping and other self-interested strategies, which undermine the effectiveness of transnational regulation. Based on the design principles of experimentalist governance, this paper identifies a ...
Published on Jan 1, 2014
Kenneth W. Abbott26
Estimated H-index: 26
(ASU: Arizona State University),
Philipp Genschel17
Estimated H-index: 17
(EUI: European University Institute)
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Estimated H-index: 14
(LMU: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
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Estimated H-index: 22
(LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science)
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Published on Sep 8, 2012
Tony Porter13
Estimated H-index: 13
(McMaster University)
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Estimated H-index: 9
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Estimated H-index: 4
(McGill University)
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Estimated H-index: 7
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Estimated H-index: 9
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Estimated H-index: 5
(UofU: University of Utah)
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Estimated H-index: 18
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 6
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Estimated H-index: 9
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Estimated H-index: 4
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Estimated H-index: 15
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Estimated H-index: 1
(Laval University),
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Estimated H-index: 7
(U of O: University of Ottawa)
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