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TBGI Working Paper 14

Transnational Business Governance Interaction and Competition between Standard-Setting Initiatives: Labor Standards in Garment, Toys and Agriculture

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Nicole Helmerich and Christoper Kaan

2013

Abstract

This paper analyzes interactions within standard‐setting networks in the area of social and labor rights. We examine the shape of transnational business governance interactions (TBGI), pathways, and interaction mechanisms in three sectors: garments, toys and agriculture. Our comparative analysis of each of these sectors reveals meaningful differences in both the organization of regulation networks and the resulting level of competition among participants. Overall, we find that the creation of a more inclusive and more coherent standard in a whole business sector comes with the cost of weaker rules and less monitoring. These industry‐specific observations provide a springboard for future studies of TBGI.

Keywords

Labor rights, Transnational business governance interactions, institutional design, manufacturing, agriculture