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date: 20 October 2019

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The prospects for policy beyond the territorial state hinge on the possibilities of constructing sites and processes of legitimate transnational political authority. To illustrate the nature of the authority challenge and how these challenges affect the policy process, the chapter investigates three pathways on which transnational political actors are expected to be present. The first pathway is via international organizations granted legal authority by their member states; the second, via private actors establishing regulatory standards for the conduct of transnational businesses; and the third, via processes of voluntary diffusion of policies across states. It argues that the authority challenges that arise in pathways one and two—about who gets to decide and via what processes—are less likely to surface in pathway three.

Keywords: an authority, in authority, international institutions, legitimate political authority, private authority, policy diffusion

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