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Big Third-Party Certifiers and the Construction of Transnational Regulation

Abstract : International trade is increasingly regulated through standardization, certification, and accreditation. To ensure that consumers can trust that the products they buy meet regulators’ standards, third-party certifiers and accreditation bodies, which “certify the certifiers,” act as intermediaries enlisted to deliver conformity assessment certificates to producers. This article explores how a few third-party certifiers have exploited their position between multiple regulators and diverse targets to invest in a growing number of sectors, expand globally, and become preferred advisers to regulators. As regulators enlist them to standardize certification practices, big third-party certifiers (BTPCs) advise regulators to set system-based regulations that are better suited to their own organizations and networks of international subsidiaries.
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Soumis le : vendredi 21 avril 2017 - 11:28:14
Dernière modification le : samedi 15 janvier 2022 - 04:05:27


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Jean-Pierre Galland. Big Third-Party Certifiers and the Construction of Transnational Regulation. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2017, Regulatory Intermediaries in the Age of Governance, 670 (1), pp.263-279. ⟨hal-01511572⟩



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