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Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Advancing Marginalized Actors and Enhancing Regulatory Quality

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Edited by Stepan Wood, Rebecca Schmidt, Errol Meidinger, Burkard Eberlein and Kenneth W. Abbot

Edward Elgar Publishing (2019)


From agriculture to sport and from climate change to indigenous rights, transnational regulatory regimes and actors are multiplying and interacting with poorly understood results. This interdisciplinary book investigates whether, how and by whom transnational business governance interactions (TBGIs) can be harnessed to improve the quality of transnational regulation and advance the interests of marginalized actors.

Exploring multiple sectors and issue areas, Transnational Business Governance Interactions presents new empirical and theoretical research from leading and emerging scholars and identifies obstacles to, and opportunities for, mobilizing TBGIs to enhance regulatory capacities, outputs and outcomes and to advance marginalized actors in transnational business governance.

The prime readership for this work is an interdisciplinary audience of academics including scholars of law, business, environmental studies, international relations, political science, political economy and sociology. Because of its attention to practical strategies to harness governance interactions to enhance regulatory quality and advance marginalized groups, the book will also be of interest to high-level participants in global business governance, including standards-setting bodies, certification bodies, auditors, trade associations, civil society organizations, social movement organizers, national regulators, overseas development agencies and international organizations.

Critical Acclaim

“Transnational Business Governance Interactions provides a detailed exploration of whether and how interactions between the transnational regulatory governance regimes of businesses in a range of sectors can be harnessed by those participating in them to improve regulatory quality and advance the interests of marginalised actors. It provides a rich set of case studies which examine when and how such interactions can be productive or constraining, and deepens our theoretical understandings of this important area of polycentric regulatory governance.”

– Julia Black, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK


Transnational business governance interactions, regulatory quality, marginalized actors, regulatory capacity, outputs, outcomes, impacts


1 Transnational business governance interactions, regulatory quality and marginalized actors: An introduction 1

Stepan Wood, Burkard Eberlein, Errol Meidinger, Rebecca Schmidt and Kenneth W. Abbott


2 Transnational business governance interactions in food safety regulation: Exploring the promises and risks of enrolment 28

Paul Verbruggen and Tetty Havinga

3 Governance interactions in sustainable supply chain management 52

Errol Meidinger

4 Local practices, transnational solutions? The role of host cities in the cyclical process of environmental regulation of sports mega-events 77

Rebecca Schmidt

5 Transnational governance of innovation in payment services: A case study of the Single Euro Payments Area 99

Jane K. Winn

6 Micro-level interactions in the compliance processes of transnational private governance: The market for Marine Stewardship Council auditors and assessors 123

Graeme Auld and Stefan Renckens

7 The evolution of transnational governance overlaps: A network approach 141

Oliver Westerwinter

8 Issue control in transnational business governance interactions 166

Lasse Folke Henriksen and Leonard Seabrooke


9 Interactions, iteration and early institutionalization: Competing lessons of GLOBALGAP’s legitimation 183

Donal Casey

10 Can non-state regulatory authority improve domestic forest sustainability? Assessing interactive pathways of influence in Cameroon 207

Sophia Carodenuto and Benjamin Cashore

11 Transnational delegation, accountability and the administrative governance of biofuel standards 227

Phillip Paiement

12 Capturing climate: Tracking nascent transnational business governance interactions around the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative 253

Matthew Bach

13 Transnational business governance interactions and financial regulation change: A case of Asian financial markets 275

Simin Gao and Christopher (Chao-Hung) Chen

14 A Coxian perspective on transnational business governance interactions: Counter-hegemonic certification movements in fisheries 294

Paul Foley

15 Private ordering and transnational social justice: The Forest Stewardship Council’s advocacy of free, prior and informed consent 315

Natalie Oman

16 Interactive strategies for advancing marginalized actors in transnational governance contests: Labour and the making of ISO 26000 338

Stepan Wood


17 Harnessing TBGIs to advance regulatory quality and marginalized actors 363

Stepan Wood, Errol Meidinger, Burkard Eberlein, Rebecca Schmidt and Kenneth W. Abbott

Index 387

TBGI Working Papers

Earlier versions of the chapters were published as TBGI Working Papers.