Dear Colleagues: 


Please take a look at my new book with Laszlo Bruszt of EUI: Leveling the Playing Field: Transnational Regulatory Integration and Development, just out on Oxford University Press:​ 


This book should be of great interest to those of you working on the diffusion of standards and regulations into emerging markets, the strategies among MNCs, NGOs, IOs and governments to shape the related value chains and institutions, as well as sustainability and CSR.


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Below you will find a brief description, comments from some noted scholars, and the Table of Contents.


Gerry McDermott


Emerging market countries are currently facing a dual challenge. How do they incorporate transnational regulations into their societies, while building their own versions of regulatory capitalism? This raises a multitude questions and challenges. 


LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD: TRANSNATIONAL REGULATORY INTEGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT offers a fresh perspective in reconciling the seemingly incompatible goals of transnational integration and development. It offers a new analytical framework and a set of case studies that help forge a comparative analysis of integration and development. It offers both the identification of the mechanisms that can foster lasting transnational integration settlements and broad based domestic institutional and economic upgrading. Plus, the book reveals concrete lessons for scholars and practitioners alike, around the different roles and strategies that governments, the multilaterals, firms, and NGOs can take, to facilitate the integration of international standards, improve domestic institutions, and expand the benefits to a great variety of local groups.


"Leveling the Playing Field is a wonderfully rich and engaging book that brings politics back into discussions of transnational regulation. By showing how efforts to diffuse transnational regulations across different geographies and policy arenas must navigate and are ultimately shaped by different political cleavages/struggles both within and across different national political economies, this book provides students of comparative political economy and development with a rich set of cases that shed light of the contested nature of these processes."

"The combination of rich case studies and accessible theoretical framing allows readers to understand how the details of the individual cases aggregate into distinct patterns/strategies/trajectories of regulatory harmonization, with very different developmental consequences. This volume will serve as a handbook for scholars of transnational regulation for years to come." - Richard M. Locke, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute, Brown University

"This book is a welcome addition to the rich literature on transnational regulatory governance. Its focus on emerging market countries and the challenges they face when balancing national development and transnational regulatory integration is highly novel and original. Served by a great cast of contributors and masterly coordinated by the editors, this collection is not only a must read, it also happens to be extremely interesting!" - Marie Laure Djelic, Professor ESSEC Business School

"In Leveling the Playing Field, Bruszt and Mcdermott have put together an interesting and very relevant book dealing with the problems of development in a rapidly globalizing world. The authors of the individual chapters explore the issues raised at the intersection of transnational regulatory integration and national development in a range of regions across a number of industries. This book should be valuable reading for anyone interested in the problems of national development in an increasingly integrated global economy." - Stephen J. Kobrin, William Wurster Professor Emeritus, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Table of Contents

1: Laszlo Bruszt and Gerald A. McDermott: Introduction: The Governance of Transnational Regulatory Integration and Development


Part I: Statics and Dynamics in Regional TIRS with Rule Takers and Hegemons

2: Gerald A. McDermott and Belem Avendaño Ruiz: The Dual Paths of Transnational Integration and Institutional Upgrading for Mexican Food Safety
3: László Bruszt and Julia Langbein: Strategies of Regulatory Integration via Development: The integration of the Polish and Romanian dairy industries into the EU single market
4: Michael J. Piore and Andrew M. Schrank: Transnational Integration and Labor Market Regulation in Mexico and Beyond
5: Mark Aspinwall: The NAFTA Side Agreements and Governance in Mexico
6: Liliana B. Andonova and Ioana A. Tuta: Greener Together? Transnational Networks and Environmental Protection in the Enlarged EU
7: Aneta Spendzharova and Milada Anna Vachudova: Strategies for Integration in the EU's Pre-Accession Process: Reshaping Party Positions and State Institutions

Part II: Emerging TIRs in the Global South: Blockage and Coordination in the Mercosur

8: Moises Costa and Wade Jacoby: Informal Drivers of Regional Regulatory Integration: The Auto Sector in Central Europe and Latin America
9: Miguel F. Lengyel and Valentina Delich: Multiple Paths towards Regime Building?: SPS Regulation in the MERCOSUR

Part III: Fragmentation and Regime Complexity in TRRs

10: Christine Overdevest and Jonathan Zeitlin: Assembling an Experimentalist Regime: Transnational Governance Interactions in the Forest Sector Revisited
11: Jacint Jordana and David Levi-Faur: Regional Integration and Transnational Regulatory Regimes: The Polycentric Architecture of Governance in Latin American Telecommunications
12: Katharina Pistor: Transnational Regulatory Regimes in Finance: A Comparative Analysis of their (Dis-)Integrative Effects




Gerald A. McDermott

Associate Professor

Sonoco International Business Department

Moore School of Business

University of South Carolina

& Senior Research Fellow

IAE Business School, Argentina

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