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Constructing authority in transnational governance – rationality, hierarchy and state involvement in the world of certifications.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
2014 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The article explores the construction of authority in transnational governance by empirically focusing on accreditation of certification practices. Two case studies are presented: a) a historical account of an organic labeling scheme in Sweden that illustrates a shift from accreditation conducted by an NGO, to a state-run accreditation system developed by the EU, and b) an account of the organization of the highly authoritative EU accreditation system, to explain the somewhat unexpected shift identified in the first case. We argue that authority is derived from the way the EU system is organized – resembling a rational bureaucracy and thus based on rational authority. Based on our findings, we discuss three organizing principles that together contribute to its construction: the shaping of seemingly neutral agents; the creation of exclusiveness and monopolization of concepts; and promoting representations of a hierarchical and rationally organized system. From the study of authority construction within the EU context it becomes obvious that public authorities can be key players in ways that have not been recognized before.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103424OAI: diva2:717506
"The role of states and markets in the extension of Tripartite Standard Regimes (TSRs)”, Montpellier, France, 6-7 May 2014.
Available from: 2014-05-15 Created: 2014-05-15 Last updated: 2015-03-03Bibliographically approved

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