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Standards, techno-economic networks, and playing fields: performing the global market economy

Abstract : This paper explores the construction of what the authors term a ‘tripartite standards regime’ (TSR) by looking at the pragmatic emergence of standards development organizations (SDOs) and national accreditation bodies (NABs). The authors explain how, through their network of audit, the TSR is entangling intermediaries and processes into specific supply chains. Moreover, they argue that the emphasis placed on the role of ‘metrology’ is overstated in the literature. Rather, the concept of ‘standards’ better captures the more complex, underlying processes involved in the construction of the TSR. They present evidence gathered through a review of data collected from SDOs’ and NABs’ websites, official documents, international trade agreements, and the directories published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the International Organization for Standardization. They argue that the TSR acts as a techno-economic network that is global in reach and serves a key coordinating role in facilitating international trade. As such they see the TSR as fundamental to the movement towards ‘governing at a distance’ that is part and parcel of the neoliberal shift from government to governance.
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Allison Marie Loconto, Lawrence Busch. Standards, techno-economic networks, and playing fields: performing the global market economy. Review of International Political Economy, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2010, 17 (3), pp.507 - 536. ⟨10.1080/09692290903319870⟩. ⟨hal-02667798⟩

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