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Chapter 6: Global rulemaking and institutional forms
The focus of this chapter is on a subset of organizations of interest to public administration scholars: rulemaking bodies – entities that produce any kind of standards, regulations or rules intended to govern the behaviour of others (as opposed to directly producing goods and services). I refer to these entities, performing this function in the transnational context, as global governance organizations since they are systematically ordering the behavior of those beyond the organization itself. In the domestic context, these transnational rulemaking bodies are incredibly influential. They are omnipresent and touch every sphere of human activity. As a field, public administration has recognized the importance of global rulemaking but generally has not embraced the transnational rulemaking (global governance) realm. One will find a rich literature on transnational organization theory and practice flowing from the fields of political science, organization studies and international business management, but relatively little direct contribution from public administration scholars (Welch and Wong, 1998). One reason this occurs is that it has been unclear how to integrate the study of international organizations into our broader studies of administration and organizational design. Important questions confront traditional notions of public administration as the topic of study shifts from domestic to international stages.
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