Friday, October 05, 2007

Making Global Self-Regulation Effective in Developing Countries

Dana L. Brown and Ngaire Woods of Oxford University have just published a collection of essays on Making Global Self-Regulation Effective in Developing Countries

"As companies 'go global' they increasingly use factories and facilities spread across the world. But who regulates their activities in far flung corners of the world economy? In many sectors such as textiles and apparel, chemicals, and forestry, the answer is that companies regulate their own behaviour through codes and standards which they agree among themselves...

The chapters in this volume evaluate the effectiveness of self-regulation compared to other forms of global regulation. Across sectors and states, corporate self-regulation works best when those who are regulated have a voice in deciding the content of codes and standards and when some mechanism of compliance exists at the level of the state. Unfortunately, opportunities for voice and state capacity for regulation are often lacking in developing countries. Given this, the book suggests some minimal forms of government action and participation by global actors that can make global corporate self-regulation more effective in bettering conditions in the developing world."

It's an incredibly important area and hopefully the book will be picked up by influencial policymakers.

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