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The Politics of Private Transnational Governance by Contract

A. Claire Cutler (University of Victoria, Canada) Thomas Dietz (University of Munster, Germany)



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23 August 2018
International relations; International trade; Political economy; International law; Company, commercial & competition law
This edited volume provides critical reflections on the interplay between politics and law in an increasingly transnationalized global political economy. It focuses specifically on the emergence and operation of new forms of governance that are developing through a variety of transnational contractual practices, institutions, and laws in multiple sectors and areas of economic activity.

Interdisciplinary in nature, the volume includes contributions from law, political science, sociology, and international politics, with the focus on the political foundations of transnational contract being both original and path-breaking. Placing power at the center of the analysis, the volume reveals the heterogeneous landscape of contemporary law-making and the different kinds of politics giving rise to this form of global ordering. As the contributors note, this new form of governance requires a different type of political theory and legal theory, with the volume advancing understanding of the analytical, theoretical and normative dimensions of private transnational governance by contract, making a valuable contribution to new theory in law and politics.

It will be of great interest to students and academics in law, political science, international relations, international political economy and sociology, as well as international commercial arbitration lawyers, trade and investment lawyers, and legal firms.
Edited by:   A. Claire Cutler (University of Victoria Canada), Thomas Dietz (University of Munster, Germany)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781138390874
ISBN 10:   1138390879
Pages:   330
Publication Date:   23 August 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

A. Claire Cutler is Professor of International Law and International Relations in the Political Science Department at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Thomas Dietz is Professor of International Relations and International Law in the Institute of Political Science at the University of Munster, Germany.

Reviews for The Politics of Private Transnational Governance by Contract

'Cutler and Dietz have brought together a diverse set of authors who together give us a brilliant critical interrogation of the rise of private sector experts in domains concerned with public interests. This has become an increasingly important and alarming issue. A must read.' - Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, USA, author of Expulsions 'In this path-breaking interdisciplinary volume of political scientists, sociologists, and legal scholars, the authors not only demonstrate that non-hierarchical governance by contract dominates both state and private regulations in the global political economy but they also elaborate the power dimension of these arrangements. A must read for anybody interested in knowing how the global economy ticks!' - Thomas Risse, Professor of International Politics, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany

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