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Leveling the Playing FieldTransnational Regulatory Integration and Development$
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Laszlo Bruszt and Gerald A. McDermott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198703143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703143.001.0001

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Assembling an Experimentalist Regime

Assembling an Experimentalist Regime

Transnational Governance Interactions in the Forest Sector Revisited

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(p.235) 10 Assembling an Experimentalist Regime
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Leveling the Playing Field
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Christine Overdevest

Jonathan Zeitlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703143.003.0010

Transnational governance initiatives increasingly face the problem of regime complexity in which a proliferation of regulatory schemes operate in the same policy domain, supported by varying combinations of public and private actors. The literature suggests that such regime complexity can lead to forum-shopping and other self-interested strategies which undermine the effectiveness of transnational regulation. Based on the design principles of experimentalist governance, this chapter identifies a variety of pathways and mechanisms which promote productive interactions in regime complexes. We use the case of the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative, interacting with private certification schemes and public legal timber regulations, including those of third countries such as the US and China, to demonstrate how an increasingly comprehensive transnational regime can be assembled by linking together distinct components of a regime complex.

Keywords:   experimentalist governance, regime complexity, European Union, Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT), legality verification, certification, Lacey Act, illegal logging, forest governance

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