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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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Multiple Paths toward Regime Building? SPS Regulation in the MERCOSUR

Multiple Paths toward Regime Building? SPS Regulation in the MERCOSUR

(p.206) 9 Multiple Paths toward Regime Building? SPS Regulation in the MERCOSUR
Leveling the Playing Field

Miguel F. Lengyel

Valentina Delich

Oxford University Press

Over the last twenty years, sophisticated sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) in the food sector have become increasingly important criteria to access rich markets. Food quality and safety became regulated by public and private actors internationally and regionally. How has the MERCOSUR managed these market challenges and regulatory changes? This chapter analyses this issue within the theoretical framework proposed by Bruszt and McDermott. While the chapter addresses the regulatory aspects by focusing on regional (public) action and thus mostly on public SPS rules and standards, it deals with the market dimension by looking at the “SPS dynamics” in selected products, especially in terms of the development and impact of private SPS standards and its interaction with public standards and policies that attempt to help firms implement the standards.

Keywords:   MERCOSUR, regulations, standards, food safety, harmonization, international cooperation

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