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The New Global RulersThe Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy$
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Tim Büthe and Walter Mattli

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691144795

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691144795.001.0001

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The Rise of Private Regulation in the World Economy

The Rise of Private Regulation in the World Economy

(p.1) Chapter One The Rise of Private Regulation in the World Economy
The New Global Rulers

Tim Büthe

Walter Mattli

Princeton University Press

This book examines the delegation of regulatory authority from governments to a single international private-sector body by focusing on three powerful global private regulators, or focal rule-making institutions: the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The book shows how the simultaneous privatization and internationalization of governance is driven, in part, by governments' lack of requisite technical expertise, financial resources, or flexibility to deal expeditiously with ever more complex and urgent regulatory tasks. Its main argument is that technical expertise and financial resources are necessary but not sufficient conditions for successful involvement in global private-sector standardization. To make its case, the book explores global private regulation in global financial and product markets.

Keywords:   regulatory authority, International Accounting Standards Board, International Organization for Standardization, International Electrotechnical Commission, privatization, standardization, global private regulation, financial markets, product markets, rule-making institutions

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