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Adapting Standards: The Case of Environmental Management Systems in Australia


Higgins, V and Dibden, J and Cocklin, C, Adapting Standards: The Case of Environmental Management Systems in Australia, Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing, Palgrave Macmillan, V Higgins and W Larner (ed), London, UK, pp. 167-184. ISBN 978-1-349-36794-8 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1057/9780230289673_10


Private standards and certification schemes provide an increasingly significant site of study for scholars interested in the restructuring of the agri-food sector. In the last ten years there has been a burgeoning literature on standards and certification schemes, focusing particularly on organic (Guthman, 2004), fair trade (Renard, 2005) and retailer-led schemes (Campbell et al., 2006; Hatanaka et al., 2005). The rise of private standards schemes has tended to be conceptualized as part of a broader global shift from public to private forms of governance as large international supermarket chains in particular, and to a lesser extent actors such as civil society organizations and social activists, exert increasing control over agri-food supply chains (Burch and Lawrence, 2007; Fulponi, 2006; Henson and Reardon, 2005) including the production practices of processors and producer-farmers (Hendrickson and James, 2005). This relates to the more general influence of what Cashore (2002, p. 504) terms ‘Non-State Market-Driven’ forms of governance that ‘derive their policy-making authority not from the state, but from the manipulation of global markets and attention to customer preferences’.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:standards, environmental management systems, Australia, supply chain, fair trade, World Trade Organization, dairy industry
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Higgins, V (Professor Vaughan Higgins)
ID Code:138147
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-03-26
Last Modified:2020-04-06

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