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Who Governs the Globe?

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Deborah D. Avant, Martha Finnemore, Susan K. Sell, Allison Danner, Erik Voeten, Aseem Prakash, Matthew Potoski, Virginia Haufler, Abraham L. Newman, Kathleen R. McNamara, Clifford Bob, R. Charli Carpenter, Alexander Cooley, Tamar Gutner, Tim Büthe, Karen Mundy
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  • Date Published: July 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521198912

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  • Academics and policymakers frequently discuss global governance but they treat governance as a structure or process, rarely considering who actually does the governing. This volume focuses on the agents of global governance: 'global governors'. The global policy arena is filled with a wide variety of actors such as international organizations, corporations, professional associations, and advocacy groups, all seeking to 'govern' activity surrounding their issues of concern. Who Governs the Globe? lays out a theoretical framework for understanding and investigating governors in world politics. It then applies this framework to various governors and policy arenas, including arms control, human rights, economic development, and global education. Edited by three of the world's leading international relations scholars, this is an important contribution that will be useful for courses, as well as for researchers in international studies and international organizations.

    • Was the first book to examine the relationship between 'who governs' and the process of global governance
    • Challenges conventional wisdom about global governance and the public good
    • Analyzes a wide range of policy domains - from human rights to post-war reconstructions to global standards, education and poverty alleviation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This path-breaking collaborative work illuminates complex social and political relationships that constitute governing authority in a changing world. New questions provoke deeper reflection than the term ‘global governance’ typically stimulates. Specialists need to read this fine book, and so do students.”
    Louis W. Pauly, Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Governance, University of Toronto

    “This volume makes and illustrates an important fact about global governance today: it isn’t only or always the institutional form of actors – be they states, corporations, or NGOs – but their relationships with key constituencies and with one another that shape governance outcomes. Authority, the essence of governance, comes in many guises. I recommend this book highly.”
    John Gerard Ruggie, Harvard University

    “… this book is indeed iconoclastic…The book’s theoretical framework builds around four uniquely honed concepts: "governors" "authority", "legitimacy" and “accountability”, which may invite challenges from readers who may subscribe to different notions of these terms.” -Rogerio F. Pinto, International Public Management Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521198912
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Who governs the globe? Deborah D. Avant, Martha Finnemore and Susan K. Sell
    Part I. Authority Dynamics and New Governors:
    2. Who is running the international criminal justice system? Allison Danner and Erik Voeten
    3. The International Organization for Standardization as a global governor: a club theory approach Aseem Prakash and Matthew Potoski
    4. Corporations in zones of conflict: issues, actors, and institutions Virginia Haufler
    5. International organization control under conditions of dual delegation: a transgovernmental politics approach Abraham L. Newman
    6. Constructing authority in the European Union Kathleen R. McNamara
    Part II. Authority Dynamics and Governance Outcomes:
    7. Packing heat: pro-gun groups and the governance of small arms Clifford Bob
    8. Governing the global agenda: 'gatekeepers' and 'issue adoption' in transnational advocacy networks R. Charli Carpenter
    9. Outsourcing authority: how project contracts transform global governance networks Alexander Cooley
    10. When 'doing good' does not: the IMF and the Millennium Development Goals Tamar Gutner
    11. The power of norms
    the norms of power: who governs international electric and electronic technology? Tim Büthe
    12. 'Education for all' and the global governors Karen Mundy
    13. Conclusion: authority, legitimacy, and accountability in global politics Deborah D. Avant, Martha Finnemore and Susan K. Sell.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Comtemporary World Affairs
    • Global Governance
    • Global Governance: Theory and Cases
    • Global Socioeconomics
    • Globalization & Governance
    • Int'l Organizations
    • International Law and Organization
    • International Relations Research
    • Intro to International Relations
    • Non State Actors in International Relations
    • Nonstate Actors in World Politics
    • Politics of Global Trade
    • Seminar on Nonstate Actors in Int'l Politics
    • Transnational Relations
  • Editors

    Deborah D. Avant, University of California, Irvine
    Deborah D. Avant is Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

    Martha Finnemore, George Washington University, Washington DC
    Martha Finnemore is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

    Susan K. Sell, George Washington University, Washington DC
    Susan K. Sell is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies at George Washington University.


    Deborah D. Avant, Martha Finnemore, Susan K. Sell, Allison Danner, Erik Voeten, Aseem Prakash, Matthew Potoski, Virginia Haufler, Abraham L. Newman, Kathleen R. McNamara, Clifford Bob, R. Charli Carpenter, Alexander Cooley, Tamar Gutner, Tim Büthe, Karen Mundy

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