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Who Governs the Globe?


  • 9 b/w illus. 11 tables
  • Page extent: 456 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.84 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 341.2
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: JZ1318 .W486 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • International organization
    • International agencies

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521198912)

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


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.


'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


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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