Papers and publications by
Academia and Governments
This page provides access to relevant articles and publications that address issues pertaining to the IEC or electrotechnical standardization in general.
Additionally, material that highlights the role and potential benefits of adhering to International Standards on electrotechnology as a key facilitator of international trade and a contributor of economic integration can be found here.
Papers and publications by Academia and Governments
The new Global Rulers: The Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy
Tim Büthe & Walter Mattli
The book offers a comparative analysis of inter-/transnational standard-setting for global product and financial markets. It includes a thorough analysis of multi-country, multi-industry business surveys about ISO and IEC standard-setting along with analyses of the standards of (and the standard-setting in) the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB, which develops the International Financial Reporting Standards, IFRS).
Academic Standardisation Education, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in Europe, Hesser, W. and Vries, H. (2011)
The White Paper on Academic Standardisation Education uses IEC membership and particularly the level of involvement in the work of the IEC as a key competitiveness indicator at the regional level. It draws particular emphasis on Europe’s active involvement in the work of the IEC through its technical committees. This White Paper calls for the establishment of the European Standardisation Education Agency because standardisation is a strategic asset at the level of companies, industry sectors, countries and regions. Thus, to excel in standardisation, proper education is needed.
European Commission: A strategic vision for European standards: Moving forward to enhance and accelerate the sustainable growth of the European economy by 2020, (2011)
The European Commission in its strategy on moving forward to enhance and accelerate the sustainable growth of the European economy by 2020, acknowledges that Europe already plays a leading role in international standardization. This is accomplished by the membership of individual countries in key international standards bodies and special agreements such as the Dresden agreement between CEN-CENELEC and the IEC. . The strategy recognises that international standards, contribute to the removal of trade barriers resulting from differences in technical regulations of various countries, and are a powerful tool for promoting regulatory convergence. It encourages European standards to wherever possible, be based upon international standards such as those from the IEC.
Reducing Trade Transaction Costs: Harmonization of Standards and Conformity Assessments in APEC
APEC Policy Support Unit
Graeme Drake, GED Advisory, Australia
Standards and conformity assessment requirements can influence trade and trade transaction costs. This report provides information and findings related to the impact of the alignement of APEC member economic technical regulations and domestic standards with international standards in electrical and electronic products as well as conformity certificates established under the IECEE CB Scheme.
European Commission, Standards and Standardization Handbook, (2010)
The European Commission recognizes the IEC as key player in the standardization field in its handbook on standardization. This handbook has been produced to provide mainly its members with a basic understanding of standards and the standardization process and how standards can contribute to the dissemination and implementation of project outputs for the wider benefit of industry, commerce and consumers. It acknowledges that whilst standards can play an important role in the dissemination of project results, they are often overlooked in favour of other mechanisms, such as scientific publications, conference presentations and patents. Therefore, this handbook highlights the complementary role that standards can play in making the results of research accessible to potential users, and to help guide researchers through, what is frequently, the unfamiliar territory of standards making.
Engineering Uncontestedness? The Origins and Institutional Development of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
Tim Büthe, Duke University
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The Economic Impact of Standardizations. Technological change, standards growth in France (2009)
At the economy wide level, this study examined the long-term relationship between standards and economic growth from 1950 to 2007, similar to the studies conducted in Germany, UK, Australia and Canada. At the micro-level, this study analysed the perception of various companies regarding the impact of standardization.
The WTO, Harmonization of International Standards and Electric Utilities, Programme on United States-Japan relations, Harvard University - Naoki Kobayashi, (2008)
Research under the Harvard University’s Programme on U.S. – Japan Relations highlights the importance of active participation in international standard setting in electrotechnology. The paper shows the important role that IEC membership and active participation has played.
Economic Value of Standardization, Standards Council of Canada (2007)
This study looked at the overall impact of standardization on international trade, growth and productivity and the Canadian economy. It also comprises a series of in-depth interviews with senior executives on the value of standardization for their organization.
Standards and the Economy, Centre for International Economics, Australia (2006)
This study looked at both the impact of standardization on the overall economy and the benefits of standardization for business.
Economic benefits of standardization, DIN German Institute for Standardization (2000)
This study looked at the effects of standardization, results of the company survey and interviews with experts. It also looked at standardization and technological change, the effects of standardization on the German economy and foreign trade.