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Networking Goes International: An Update

Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2007-12

Annual Review of Law & Social Science, Vol. 2, December 2006

20 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2007  

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

David T. Zaring

University of Pennsylvania - Legal Studies Department

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Abstract

This literature review asks three questions of the scholarship on the regulatory networks that have so far transformed global governance. First, what are these networks good for? We summarize the state of the literature on regulatory races, the fit between networks and the process of globalization, and the crucial role of the revolution in communications in the development of networks, introducing the topics with a brief intellectual history of regulatory network analysis in international relations and international law scholarship. Second, we examine how we can make sure that regulatory networks are good by asking this question: How might necessary and appropriate accountability mechanisms for the networks be constructed? The answers to these questions are at the foundation of a global administrative law, which is itself the subject of a burgeoning scholarly literature. Our third question concerns the way regulatory networks fit into a world where traditional intergovernmental relations and formally constituted international organizations are still important. We conclude by identifying different ways in which networks and international organizations can complement each other and by spotlighting questions for future research.

Keywords: transgovernmentalism, regimes, international relations, international law

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Slaughter, Anne-Marie and Zaring, David T., Networking Goes International: An Update. Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2007-12; Annual Review of Law & Social Science, Vol. 2, December 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=960484

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States
609-258-4800 (Phone)

David Zaring (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania - Legal Studies Department ( email )

3730 Walnut Street
Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6365
United States

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