Regulation & Governance

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Edited By: David Levi-Faur, Jodi Short and Benjamin Van Rooij

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 3/47 (Public Administration); 8/163 (Political Science); 10/147 (Law)

Online ISSN: 1748-5991

Economic Sociology in Regulation & Governance


Sociologists have long studied economic activity, but in the 1980s a new body of research began to take form under the heading of 'economic sociology'. Since that time, economic sociology has become one of the most vibrant parts of the discipline, generating an array of provocative theoretical arguments about social networks, culture, institutions, and inequality. Economic sociology has also had strong interdisciplinary underpinnings, originating with critiques of neo-classical economics, inspired by anthropological observations, and becoming increasingly intertwined with research on comparative politics, among other fields.

Although regulation is just one of many topics studied by economic sociologists, a glimpse at the pages of Regulation & Governance reveals a number of articles with significant grounding in – and implications for – economic sociology. This virtual issue highlights those articles. They cover a gamut of issues – from the cultural valuation and devaluation of life to the organizational conditions for safety and disaster to the evolution of transnational governance. In addition to their theoretical implications, these articles have a number of practical implications – for international labor standards, industrial policy, and the reform of financial regulation, to name just a few. They are grouped here under several substantive headings, but they could easily be re-shuffled to reveal distinctive lines of theoretical argument or varied methodological approaches.

Tim Bartley
Co-Editor, Regulation & Governance

Global Regulatory Orders

Who governs? Delegations and delegates in global trade lawmaking
Terence C. Halliday, Josh Pacewicz and Susan Block-Lieb

Assembling an experimentalist regime: Transnational governance interactions in the forest sector
Christine Overdevest and Jonathan Zeitlin

Politics of Private Regulation: ISEAL and the shaping of transnational sustainability governance
Allison Loconto and Eve Fouilleux

“Embedded regulation:” The migration of objects, scripts, and governance
Emilie Cloatre and Robert Dingwall

Culture, Politics, and Policy

The political valuation of life. [A comment on W. Kip Viscusi’s “The devaluation of life” (Regulation & Governance, 2009)]
Marion Fourcade

Can social science numbers save public policy from politics? [A comment on W. Kip Viscusi’s “The devaluation of life” (Regulation & Governance, 2009)]
Bruce G. Carruthers

Economic models as devices of policy change: Policy paradigms, paradigm shift, and performativity
Lasse F. Henriksen

Firms, Workers, and Industrial Policy

Globalization, state, and innovation: An appraisal of networked industrial policy
Marian Negoita

From disguised protectionism to rewarding regulation: The impact of trade-related labor standards in the Dominican Republic
Andrew Schrank

Organizations, Risk, and Safety

Governing the gap: Forging safe science through relational regulation
Ruthanne Huising and Susan S. Silbey

The sociological citizen: Pragmatic and relational regulation in law and organizations
Susan Silbey

Disowning Fukushima: Managing the credibility of nuclear reliability assessment in the wake of disaster
John Downer

Economic Sociology Meets Comparative Political Economy

Demand for credit, international financial legitimacy, and vulnerability to crises: Regulatory change and the social origins of Iceland’s collapse
Erik Larson

Institutional competitiveness in the global economy: Denmark, the United States, and the varieties of capitalism
John L. Campbell and Ove K. Pedersen

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