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The Diffusion of Public and Private Sustainability Regulations

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The Diffusion of Public and Private Sustainability Regulations

The Responses of Follower Countries

9781800880931 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Etsuyo Michida, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO, Japan, John Humphrey, Honorary Visiting Professor, Department of Strategy and Marketing, University of Sussex Business School, Brighton, UK and David Vogel, Professor Emeritus, Haas School of Business, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, US
Publication Date: February 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80088 093 1 Extent: c 128 pp
This book focuses on the spread of public and private environmental and food safety regulations from Europe and North America to Asia and Africa. It explores the growth of policy diffusion and standard alignment on sustainability observed in non-Western follower countries in a globalizing world.

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This book focuses on the spread of public and private environmental and food safety regulations from Europe and North America to Asia and Africa. It explores the growth of policy diffusion and standard alignment on sustainability observed in non-Western follower countries in a globalizing world.

The book examines the role of both developed and developing non-Western countries as followers that adopt food safety, environmental and sustainability policies under different conditions to those of the originating country. Chapters analyse non-state forms of transnational regulation, and how these have diffused to non-Western countries. They showcase how standard alignment efforts lead to multiple localized regulations determined by specific circumstances, highlighting the dilemma in designing policy in an era of globalization.

The use of in-depth case studies by renowned experts will make this book an important read for political science and economics scholars interested in trade, standards and international regulation. Policy-makers concerned with issues of sustainability in follower countries will find the book’s lessons on how to adapt policies helpful.
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‘The Diffusion of Public and Private Sustainability Regulation sheds much needed light on the domestic processes in Asian and African countries that adopt policies originating from elsewhere. Policy diffusion processes are an essential part of global environmental governance but we still don’t fully understand how, in particular, non-Western countries translate and adopt environmental regulations that originate from Western countries. This book is a major contribution in this regard.’
– Katja Biedenkopf, University of Leuven, Belgium

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