International Regulatory Cooperation and the Making of “Good” Regulators : A Case Study of the Canada–U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council

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  • International regulatory cooperation (IRC) is an increasingly important component of bilateral and regional free trade agreements. Yet as a practice in global governance, IRC is relatively understudied by critical scholars of neoliberalism and globalization. This thesis enquires into the practices of IRC and the role of state and non-state participants in the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). My research draws publicly available accounts of the RCC and earlier bilateral (Canada-U.S.) regulatory cooperation efforts into conversation with the experiences of two dozen RCC participants from government, the private sector and civil society. Applying a governmentality analysis to a case study of the RCC, I conclude that IRC can be understood as a subtle technique for governing the global economy at a distance through the production of "good" (i.e., self-maximizing) regulators and regulated subjects.

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  • 2021


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