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Accounting, Organizations, and InstitutionsEssays in Honour of Anthony Hopwood$
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Christopher S. Chapman, David J. Cooper, and Peter Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546350

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546350.001.0001

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Governance and Its Transnational Dynamics: Towards a Reordering of our World?

Governance and Its Transnational Dynamics: Towards a Reordering of our World?

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(p.175) 9 Governance and Its Transnational Dynamics: Towards a Reordering of our World?
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Accounting, Organizations, and Institutions
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Marie‐Laure Djelic

Kerstin Sahlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546350.003.0009

The transnationalization of our world is characterized by powerful dynamics of reordering. Our reordering world is marked by more — not less — rule-making activity. This chapter provides an analytical reading of this contemporary trend. It emphasizes the complex, step-by-step, and historical nature of this reordering process, but it also suggests that there are identifiable and shared mechanisms underlying transnational regulatory and governance dynamics. The chapter re-appropriates the concept of field as a useful tool to capture the multilevel nature of regulatory and governance dynamics. While fields of transnational governance tend to wrap themselves in discursive references to neutrality, efficiency and best practices, it argues that those fields are also battlefields. The transnational dynamics of regulation include contestation, struggle, and power plays.

Keywords:   governance, regulatory dynamics, transnational, fields, battlefields, power

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