Policy Laundering

The term Policy Laundering is used to describe means to disguise the origin of some political decisions, laws or international treaties. [Hosein Ian, [http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=15835173|The sources of laws: Policy dynamics in a digital and terrorized] world, The Information society, 2004, vol. 20, no 3, pp. 187-199] ] . The term is based on the similar Money Laundering.

One common method for Policy Laundery is the use of international treaties which are formulated in secrecy. Afterwards it is not possible to find out who opted for which part of the treaty. Each Person can claim that it was not them who demanded a certain paragraph but that they had to agree to the overall "compromise".

Examples that could be considered as "Policy Laundering" are the WTO Treaties, WIPO [ Yu, Peter,K., The Political Economy of Data Protection, [http://ssrn.com/abstract=1046781 Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 83, 2008] ] or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement as well as the failed Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.

quote|Harmonization is the process through which a common set of policies are established across jurisdictions to remove irregularities. Regulations can change in any direction, however: regulations may be pushed to the lowest common denominator; but may equally benefit from the 'California effect', where one regulator pushes for the highest standards, setting models for others to follow . Harmonization requires further interrogation, however. In their review of global business regulation, Braithwaite and Drahos find that some countries (notably the U.S. and the UK) push for certain regulatory standards in international bodies and then bring those regulations home under the requirement of harmonization and the guise of multilateralism; this is what we refer to as policy laundering.|Hosein, Ian, 2004 [Hosein, Ian, 2004, [http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p73882_index.html "International Relations Theories and the Regulation of International Dataflows: Policy Laundering and other International Policy Dynamics"] ]


* [http://www.privacyinternational.org/policylaundering Privacy International: Policy Laundering]
* [http://www.openrightsgroup.org/orgwiki/index.php/Policy_Laundering openrightsgroup: Policy Laundering]


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