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Organizing International Standardization
ISO and the IASC in Quest of Authority
This work investigates the ways in which global standardization organizations establish, negotiate, and maintain their authority and legitimacy, thereby inducing companies, states, and other organizations to adopt and implement the voluntary standards they produce.
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"'This book is much more than a study of ISO 9000 and international accounting standards; it is a significant advance in our understanding of global governance. Tamm Hallstrom's penetrating examination of the standardization sector shows how global authority operates effectively without states. It brings to the fore essential dimensions of global organization - technical expertise, professionalization, highly formalized rulemaking, and the drive for efficiency - that have received far too little attention. We need many more studies like it. Tamm Hallstrom has produced an exemplary model for those who will follow in her footsteps.' - John Boli, Emory University, US; 'Standards and standard setting organizations have become critical for governance and regulatory systems. This new comparative study provides important insights into the workings of two influential standard setters, the International Organization for Standardization and the (former) International Accounting Standards Committee. The analysis compares the policy process for these two bodies and the complex nature of an authority base which depends on networks of organizations both to supply technical expertise and to support the adoption and dissemination of standards in the absence of formal law. This book is therefore essential reading for policy makers and academics interested in new forms of regulation and control, especially transnational arenas for rulemaking.' - Michael Power, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK and author of The Audit Society"