Facilitating Transfers: Regulatory Governance Frameworks as ‘Rites of Passage’

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    Departing from the paradox that globalisation has implied an increase, rather than a decrease, in contextual diversity, this paper re-assesses the function, normative purpose and location of Regulatory Governance Frameworks in world society. Drawing on insights from sociology of law and world society studies, the argument advanced is that Regulatory Governance Frameworks are oriented towards facilitating transfers of condensed social components, such as economic capital and products, legal acts, political decisions and scientific knowledge, from one legally-constituted normative order, i.e. contextual setting, to another. Against this background, it is suggested that Regulatory Governance Frameworks can be understood as schemes which act as ‘rites of passage’ aimed at providing legal stabilisation to social processes characterised by liminality, i.e ambiguity, hybridity and in-betweenness.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalContemporary Politics
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)507-523
    Number of pages17
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    Published online: 15. March


    • Globalisation
    • Regulatory governance
    • Transfer
    • Global law
    • World society
    • Rites of passage

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