Transnational Governance Spirals: The Transformation of Rule-Making Authority in Internet Regulation and Corporate Financial Reporting

Critical Policy Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 18-37, April 2010

20 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2010

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Jeanette Hofmann

Social Science Research Centre Berlin; Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Sebastian Botzem

Social Science Research Centre Berlin

Date Written: February 1, 2010

Abstract

Transnational regulation involves profound changes in the ways rules are set today. Based on two case studies on Internet governance and the regulation of corporate financial reporting, we show that transnational governance is best understood as a dynamic, non-linear process. In both fields, regulatory institutions are constantly renegotiated between public and private actors, a process which gives rise to new, hybrid, forms of authority. The hybridization of authority challenges the common distinction between public and private authority in transnational regulation. We propose to characterize the ongoing dynamics as transnational governance spirals. Our comparative analysis follows a research strategy of causal reconstruction. To that end, we identify three mechanisms serving as analytical tools to explain transnational institution building and the observed governance spirals: integration, authorization and formalization.

Keywords: Transnational Regulation, Governance, Authority, Mechanisms, Institution Building

Suggested Citation

Hofmann, Jeanette and Botzem, Sebastian, Transnational Governance Spirals: The Transformation of Rule-Making Authority in Internet Regulation and Corporate Financial Reporting (February 1, 2010). Critical Policy Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 18-37, April 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1706177

Jeanette Hofmann (Contact Author)

Social Science Research Centre Berlin ( email )

Berlin, 10785
Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society ( email )

Bebelplatz 1 | 10099
Berlin
Germany

Sebastian Botzem

Social Science Research Centre Berlin ( email )

Reichpietschufer 50
Berlin, 10785
Germany

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