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Title:Guaranteeing conflict free diamonds: from compliance to norm expansion under the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme
Author:Pitsch Santiago, Anne
Year:2014
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 1938-0275)
Volume:21
Issue:3
Pages:413-429
Language:English
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:diamonds
traders
market
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2014.972441
Abstract:This study addresses compliance and business practices at the local level subsequent to the international adoption of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme by states and the adoption of the voluntary System of Warranties by the diamond industry in southern Africa. This paper also explores the distance between norm creation, norm sustainability and norm expansion. Interests of various stakeholders led to the creation of international norms, and evidence supports widespread compliance at the state level. Data gathered at the local level of retailer suggests, however, that the regulatory system is not leading to the education of consumers that potentially transforms beliefs. Central to understanding the challenge of deepening and broadening new global norms is exploring the distance between compliance within the regulatory regime and the awareness or change of beliefs of stakeholders. Recommendations include steps to make the process of bringing diamonds to market transparent and available to public scrutiny. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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