The Interactive Dynamics of Transnational Business Governance: A Challenge for Transnational Legal Theory

Revised version published in Transnational Legal Theory 6(2): 333-369 (2015), doi:10.1080/20414005.2015.1092267

Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 40/2015, TBGI Project Subseries No. 23

34 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2015 Last revised: 18 Dec 2015

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Stepan Wood

Peter A Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Kenneth W. Abbott

Arizona State University

Julia Black

London School of Economics - Law Department

Burkard Eberlein

York University - Schulich School of Business

Errol Meidinger

University at Buffalo Law School

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Date Written: September 14, 2015

Abstract

Conflict, convergence, cooperation, competition and other interactions among governance actors and institutions have long fascinated scholars of transnational law, yet transnational legal theorists’ accounts of such interactions are for the most part tentative, incomplete and unsystematic. Having elsewhere proposed an overarching conceptual framework for the study of transnational business governance interactions (TBGI), in this article we propose criteria for middle-range theory-building. We argue that a portfolio of theoretical perspectives on transnational governance interactions should account for the multiplicity of interacting entities and scales of interaction; the co-evolution of social agency and structure; the multiple components of regulatory governance; the role of interactions as both influence and outcome; the diverse modes of interaction; the mechanisms and pathways of interaction; and the spatiotemporal dynamics of interaction. To suggest the value of these criteria, we apply them in a preliminary way to selected transnational legal scholarship and to the other articles in this special issue of Transational Legal Theory.

Keywords: Transnational law, transnational governance, interactions, legal theory, regulatory governance

JEL Classification: F23, F50, G23, G28, J80, K20, K33, L67, M14, N20, N30, N40

Suggested Citation

Wood, Stepan and Abbott, Kenneth Wayne and Black, Julia and Eberlein, Burkard and Meidinger, Errol, The Interactive Dynamics of Transnational Business Governance: A Challenge for Transnational Legal Theory (September 14, 2015). Revised version published in Transnational Legal Theory 6(2): 333-369 (2015), doi:10.1080/20414005.2015.1092267; Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 40/2015, TBGI Project Subseries No. 23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2660840 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2660840

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