The Power of Standards. Hybrid Authority and the Globalisation of Services

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serval:BIB_DACD08A9CC9F
Type
Book:A book with an explicit publisher.
Collection
Publications
Title
The Power of Standards. Hybrid Authority and the Globalisation of Services
Author(s)
Graz Jean-Christophe
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Address of publication
Cambridge
ISBN
9781108759038
Publication state
Published
Issued date
01/08/2019
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Language
english
Number of pages
258
Abstract
Standards often remain unseen, yet they play a fundamental part in the organisation of contemporary capitalism and society at large. What form of power do they epitomise? Why have they become so prominent? Are they set to be as important for the globalisation of services as for manufactured goods? Graz draws on international political economy and cognate fields to present strong theoretical arguments, compelling research and surprising evidence on the role of standards in the global expansion of services, with in-depth studies of their institutional environment and cases including the insurance industry and business process outsourcing in India. The power of standards resembles a form of transnational hybrid authority, in which ambiguity should be seen as a generic attribute, defining not only the status of public and private actors involved in standardisation and regulation, but also the scope of issues concerned and the space in which such authority is recognised when complying to standards.
• Explains the rise of non-conventional forms of power in the organisation of contemporary capitalism beyond government failure and corporate power
• Gives a sweeping conceptualisation of hybridity in international relations, global governance and regulation
• Describes the globalisation of services beyond mere sectorial or institutional specificities
• Proposes a new perspective on standards and business models used across services
• Highlights regulatory issues in new mega-trade deal negotiations
This book is also available as Open Access.
Keywords
Standards, Service industries, Globalization, Power, Hybridity, Private authority, International political economy, International relations, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Insurance, Business process outsourcing (BPO), India
Open Access
Yes
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03/09/2019 18:34
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