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International Harmonization of Economic Regulation$
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Junji Nakagawa

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199604661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604661.001.0001

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Introduction: Basic Definitions and Analytical Tasks

Introduction: Basic Definitions and Analytical Tasks

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Basic Definitions and Analytical Tasks
International Harmonization of Economic Regulation

Junji Nakagawa

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the analytical framework of the book. After offering a basic definition of international harmonization, it surveys its history and gives a hypothetical explanation for the recent surge in harmonization efforts. Harmonization of economic regulation is then distinguished according to regulatory area, level of harmonization, and methods employed. Alternatives to harmonization are discussed as to their merits and demerits compared to harmonization. After enumerating major points of conflict in harmonization negotiations, the analytical tasks of the book are specified as (1) clarifying the causes and backgrounds of harmonization, (2) elucidating the negotiating process of harmonization and (3) assessing the impact of harmonization on domestic laws and global economic governance.

Keywords:   regulatory harmonization, mutual recognition, jurisdictional coordination, border control, regulatory race to the bottom

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