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The power of standards : hybrid authority and the globalisation of services

Author: Jean-Christophe Graz
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Standards often remain unseen, yet they play a fundamental part in the organisation of contemporary capitalism and society at large. What form of power do they epitomise? Why have they become so prominent? Are they set to be as important for the globalisation of services as for manufactured goods? Graz draws on international political economy and cognate fields to present strong theoretical arguments, compelling
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Christophe Graz
ISBN: 9781108499866 1108499864 9781108718431 1108718434
OCLC Number: 1080082798
Description: x, 258 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. The rise of transnational hybrid authority: a primer; 2. Service offshoring: the new frontier of globalisation; 3. Standards as regulation; 4. Doubling security: prudential standards for insurance regulation; 5. Standards to create new insurance markets; 6. The world office; 7. Standards and business process outsourcing in India; Conclusions.
Responsibility: Jean-Christophe Graz.

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