Transnational Business Governance Interactions
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Transnational Business Governance Interactions

Advancing Marginalized Actors and Enhancing Regulatory Quality

Edited by Stepan Wood, Rebecca Schmidt, Errol Meidinger, Burkard Eberlein and Kenneth W. Abbott

From agriculture to sport and from climate change to indigenous rights, transnational regulatory regimes and actors are multiplying and interacting with poorly understood effects. This interdisciplinary book investigates whether, how and by whom transnational business governance interactions (TBGIs) can be harnessed to improve the quality of transnational regulation and advance the interests of marginalized actors.
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Chapter 7: The evolution of transnational governance overlaps: A network approach

Oliver Westerwinter


Transnational public-private governance initiatives (TGIs) in which governments (or formal intergovernmental organizations, or both), business, and civil society organizations cooperate to govern global problems have become an important element of world politics. In many issue areas, TGIs co-exist with other TGIs. This co-existence creates room for institutional overlap that is observable in the form of networks among TGIs. While in some issue areas the overlap among TGIs has been rapidly growing, in others it has been characterized by a mixed pattern of growth and decline, and in still others it has stagnated. What explains this variation? This chapter uses network analysis to examine the evolution of the overlap among TGIs through shared state participants across issue areas and over time. It finds that TGI overlap is facilitated by a shared issue area focus and the size of TGIs as well as clustering and popularity within the TGI network.

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