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Professional Networks in Transnational Governance

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  • Date Published: October 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107181878

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  • Who controls how transnational issues are defined and treated? In recent decades professional coordination on a range of issues has been elevated to the transnational level. International organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and firms all make efforts to control these issues. This volume shifts focus away from looking at organizations and zooms in on how professional networks exert control in transnational governance. It contributes to research on professions and expertise, policy entrepreneurship, normative emergence, and change. The book provides a framework for understanding how professionals and organizations interact, and uses it to investigate a range of transnational cases. The volume also deploys a strong emphasis on methodological strategies to reveal who controls transnational issues, including network, sequence, field, and ethnographic approaches. Bringing together scholars from economic sociology, international relations, and organization studies, the book integrates insights from across fields to reveal how professionals obtain and manage control over transnational issues.

    • Provides an accessible and interdisciplinary look at new case material, relevant to scholars across multiple social science fields
    • Innovates a new set of methods for studying issue dynamics in transnational governance, by mapping complex systems of relationships in time, rather than focusing on linear models of change
    • Creates a new framework for studying the role of professionals in transnational governance and international issue management
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    ‘On transnational issues as diverse as carbon emissions, flu outbreaks, food security, and human rights, networks of skilled professionals coordinate actions and responses across a welter of competing organizations. This widely distributed, lateral form of influence has been largely unexplored until now. Seabrooke and Henriksen assemble a notable cast of contributors to examine how a new regime of governance is orchestrated through professional networks. This impressive volume provides novel insights into how experts shape global issues and create demand for their expertise.' Walter W. Powell, Stanford University, California

    'This exceptional book moves research frontiers. It accomplishes the almost impossible. Never losing its clear-headed view of the big picture, Seabrooke and Henriksen step deep into the weeds of governance theory. They conclude that organizational structures and authority mandates matter less than professional strategies to gain control of issues and shape rules and standards. A broad range of politically novel and methodologically sophisticated case studies make theories of rational institutional design and norm entrepreneurship look quaint in the emerging world of governance. A must read.' Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr Professor of International Studies, Cornell University, New York

    'Professional judgement has always mattered in policy making. Yet, as this volume argues and outlines, in transnational governance the professions may matter more in devising rules, benchmarks and standards, or in exercising their technical and epistemic authority via new governance architectures of networks. This is a compelling set of studies that provides a different and more nuanced conceptual vantage point for social scientists concerned with not only how transnational problems are managed, but also with the wider range of professional actors who seek to define and control them. The book is a ‘must-read’ for anyone interested in professional network power.' Diane Stone, Centenary Research Professor, Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, and University of Warwick

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107181878
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Frames and Methods:
    1. Issue control in transnational professional and organizational networks Leonard Seabrooke and Lasse Folke Henriksen
    2. In the 'field' of transnational professionals: a post-Bourdieusian approach to transnational legal entrepreneurs Yves Dezalay and Michael Rask Madsen
    3. Studying elite professionals in transnational settings Brooke Harrington 4. Networks and sequences in the study of professionals and organizations Lasse Folke Henriksen and Leonard Seabrooke
    Part II. Professionals and Non-Government Organizations:
    5. Contested professionalization in a weak transnational field Ole Jacob Sending
    6. The Ford Foundation: building and domesticating the field of human rights Wendy H. Wong, Ron Levi and Julia Deutsch
    7. Accounting-NGO professional networks: issue control over environmental, social and governance reporting Jason Thistlethwaite
    8. All the trader's men: professionals in international trade policymaking Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
    9. Professional activists on tax transparency Duncan Wigan and Adam Baden
    Part III. Professionals and International Organizations:
    10. Esteem as professional currency and consolidation: the rise of the macroprudential cognoscenti Andrew Baker
    11. Treating market failure: access professionals in global health Adriana Nilsson
    12. Professions and policy dynamics in the transnational carbon emissions trading network Matthew Paterson, Matthew Hoffman, Michele Betsill and Steven Bernstein
    13. Quasi-professionals in the organization of transnational crisis mapping John Karlsrud and Arthur Mühlen-Schulte
    Part IV. Professionals and Market Organisations:
    14. Global professional service firms and institutionalization James Faulconbridge and Daniel Muzio
    15. Global professional service firms, transnational organizing and core/periphery networks Mehdi Boussebaa
    16. Professional management consultants in transnational governance Bessma Momani
    17. Professional and organizational logics in internet regulation James Perry and David Kempel
    18. Conclusion: issue professionals and transnational organizing Lasse Folke Henriksen and Leonard Seabrooke.

  • Editors

    Leonard Seabrooke, Copenhagen Business School
    Leonard Seabrooke is Professor of International Political Economy and Economic Sociology in the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School.

    Lasse Folke Henriksen, Copenhagen Business School
    Lasse Folke Henriksen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School.

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