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Savoir s'assurer : économie politique internationale des normes de services et mondialisation du marché de la (ré)assurance
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Services sans frontières : mondialisation, normalisation et régulation de l'économie des services
Presses de Science Po
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Graz J.-C., Niang N.
The significance of the insurance industry in the functioning of the world economy is often underestimated, with premiums reaching 7.5 % of world gross domestic product (GDP), three times as much as worldwide military expenses. Insurance services mutualise risks in such a way as they provide a form of private governance that complements or makes up for guarantees otherwise supplied by the State. This case study of international standards developed for the insurance market provides evidence that deviates from conventional accounts considering service standards as heavily dependent of national environments and industry specificities. The chapter examines the relationship between tertiarisation, internationalisation and standardisation of contemporary economies by highlighting the complementarity between institutionalist approaches of the French regulation school and international political economy scholarship shedding light on the polarisation in the possible use of standards, notwithstanding thesectoraland institutional specificities of the activities concerned.
services, international standards, standardisation, regulation, internationalisation, private authority, insurance, risk, natural catastrophes, reporting
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