Hybridisation of Food Governance: Trends, Types and Results

Session Organizers:
Paul Verbruggen and Tetty Havinga
Thursday, 2 July 2015: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
TW1.1.04 (Tower One)
Food governance has changed dramatically over the past two decades. A principal change concerns the role of private, non-governmental actors in the regulation of food safety, food supply and food sustainability. The shift in food governance from public towards private has resulted in very complex regulatory arrangements, involving multiple actors at multiple levels of governance. This session comprises papers offering original research on the interaction between public and private actors in arrangements regulating food. The papers distinguish a variety of forms of interaction between public and private actors at different levels of governance (local, regional, transnational) and in different stages of the regulatory process (standard-setting, monitoring, enforcement). Building on empirical research, the session aims to identify elements that trigger or facilitate interaction, which forms of interaction emerge (formal v. informal, coordinative v. collaborative) and what results the interaction has in terms of the legitimacy and effectiveness of particular regulatory arrangements.
National Policy Responses to Transnational Private Standards: The Marine Stewardship Council in Alaska, Australia and Ecuador
Tiffany Andrade Roche, WWF; Agni Kalfagianni, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU Amsterdam