1st Edition

The Politics of Private Transnational Governance by Contract

Edited By A. Claire Cutler, Thomas Dietz Copyright 2017
    330 Pages
    by Routledge

    330 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited volume provides critical reflections on the interplay between politics and law in an increasingly transnationalized global political economy. It focuses specifically on the emergence and operation of new forms of governance that are developing through a variety of transnational contractual practices, institutions, and laws in multiple sectors and areas of economic activity.

    Interdisciplinary in nature, the volume includes contributions from law, political science, sociology, and international politics, with the focus on the political foundations of transnational contract being both original and path-breaking. Placing power at the center of the analysis, the volume reveals the heterogeneous landscape of contemporary law-making and the different kinds of politics giving rise to this form of global ordering. As the contributors note, this new form of governance requires a different type of political theory and legal theory, with the volume advancing understanding of the analytical, theoretical and normative dimensions of private transnational governance by contract, making a valuable contribution to new theory in law and politics.

    It will be of great interest to students and academics in law, political science, international relations, international political economy and sociology, as well as international commercial arbitration lawyers, trade and investment lawyers, and legal firms.


    Liberalism’s Global Mirror: Worldwide Contracting and ‘No Alternative’?

    [Peer Zumbansen]


    Chapter 1

    The Politics of Private Transnational Governance by Contract: Introduction and Analytical Framework

    [A. Claire Cutler and Thomas Dietz]

    PART I: Analytical and Theoretical Dimensions of Private Transnational Governance by Contract

    Chapter 2

    Contract as Normative Regulation and the Implied Rule of Law

    Christopher May

    Chapter 3

    Governance by Contract from a Perspective of Power: The Case of Land Grabbing

    [Doris Fuchs and Anne Hennings]

    PART II: Trade and Production: Global Value Chains and Transnational Private Governance by Contracts

    Chapter 4

    Private Transnational Governance in Global Value Chains: Contract as a Neglected Dimension

    [A. Claire Cutler]

    Chapter 5

    The New Gatekeeper: Ethical Audits as a Mechanism of Global Value Chain Governance

    [Genevieve LeBaron, Jane Lister, and Peter Dauvergne]

    Chapter 6

    Relational Contracts 2.0: Efficiency and Power

    [Thomas Dietz]

    PART III: Trade, Investment, and Dispute Settlement: Arbitration as Transnational Private Governance by Contract

    Chapter 7

    Arbitration as Transnational Governance: Legitimacy Beyond Contract

    [Fabien Gélinas]

    Chapter 8

    Private Arbitration as a Mechanism for the Construction of Contractual Norms in Private-Public Relationships: The Case of Investor-State Arbitration

    [Edward Cohen]

    Chapter 9

    Theorizing Private Transnational Governance by Contract in the Investor-State Regime

    [A.Claire Cutler and David Lark]

    PART IV: Sectoral Specifications of Private Transnational Governance by Contract

    Chapter 10

    Contractual Governance and Sectoral Fragmentation of Transnational Contract Law

    [Joshua Karton]

    Chapter 11

    Transnational Carbon Contracting: Why Law’s Invisibility Matters

    [Natasha Affolder]

    Chapter 12

    Merchants of Hegemony: Neoliberalism and the Legitimacy of Private Contractual Governance in the Transnational Cotton Trade

    [Amy A. Quark]

    Chapter 13

    Regulating Private Military Security Companies by Contract: Between Anarchy and Hierarchy?

    [A. Claire Cutler and Stephanie Law]


    Chapter 14

    Empire through Contract: A Private International Law Perspective

    [Horatia Muir Watt]


    A. Claire Cutler is Professor of International Law and International Relations in the Political Science Department at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

    Thomas Dietz is Professor of International Relations and International Law in the Institute of Political Science at the University of Münster, Germany.

    ‘Cutler and Dietz have brought together a diverse set of authors who together give us a brilliant critical interrogation of the rise of private sector experts in domains concerned with public interests. This has become an increasingly important and alarming issue. A must read.’Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, USA, author of Expulsions

    'In this path-breaking interdisciplinary volume of political scientists, sociologists, and legal scholars, the authors not only demonstrate that non-hierarchical "governance by contract" dominates both state and private regulations in the global political economy but they also elaborate the power dimension of these arrangements. A must read for anybody interested in knowing how the global economy ticks!' - Thomas Risse, Professor of International Politics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany