Axel Marx , Miet Maertens , Johan Swinnen, Jan Wouters (Eds.), Private Standards and Global Governance:  Economic, Legal and Political Perspectives (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012).

Private regulatory initiatives aim to govern supply chains across the globe according to a set of environmental, food safety and/or social standards. Until now, literature on the topic has been fragmented and divided by research fields. However, this book bridges these disciplinary and thematic research lines, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars to identify key issues.

The expert contributors assess the state-of-the-art with regard to private regulation of food, natural resources and labour conditions. They begin with an introduction to, and discussion of, several leading existing private standards, and go on to assess private food standards and their legitimacy and effectiveness in the context of the global trade regime.

This multidisciplinary assessment of the scope and importance of private standards as a governance tool in a globalizing world will prove to be an enlightening read for a wide-ranging audience encompassing: academics, students, researchers, policymakers and analysts focusing on private forms of governance in several sectors including economics, law, politics, development, environment and agriculture.

About the Editors
Edited by Axel Marx, Deputy Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, Miet Maertens, Johan Swinnen, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and Jan Wouters, Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law at KU Leuven, Belgium