The Arena of International Standardization and the Challenge of Participation: The INTERNORM Project

By Christophe Hauert, Marc Audétat, Danielle Bütschi, Alain Kaufmann, Jean-Christophe Graz

This paper presents the results of INTERNORM’s research-action, which is designed to support the involvement of not-for-profit organizations in international standard-setting bodies such as the ISO. It analyses how a participatory mechanism can influence the institutional environment of technical diplomacy, and it reflects on the democratization of the field of international standardization. This reflection draws upon international relations literature on new forms of global governance and social studies of science and technology.


  • action-research
  • associations (NGOs)
  • participation
  • international standardisation
  • legitimacy
  • expertise
  • democratic deficit
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