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The Return of the Public in Global Governance

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Jacqueline Best, Alexandra Gheciu, Deborah Avant, Virginia Haufler, Eric Helleiner, Steven Bernstein, Matthew Paterson, Anna Leander, Tony Porter, Rita Abrahamsen, Michael C. Williams
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  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107052956

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  • Many international relations scholars argue that private authority and private actors are playing increasingly prominent roles in global governance. This book focuses on the other side of the equation: the transformation of the public dimension of governance in the era of globalization. It analyses that transformation, advancing two major claims: first, that the public is beginning to play a more significant role in global governance, and, second, that it takes a rather different form than has traditionally been understood in international relations theory. The authors suggest that unless we transcend conventional wisdom about the public as a distinct sphere, separate from the private domain, we cannot understand the dynamics and consequences of its apparent return. Using examples drawn from international political economy, international security and environmental governance, they argue that 'the public' should be conceptualized as a collection of culturally-specific social practices.

    • Proposes a new understanding of the public dimension of governance in a globalizing world
    • Challenges the conventional understanding of the public as a distinct sphere and advances a view of the public as a collection of historically-specific practices
    • Combines theory and rich empirical analyses to formulate a theoretical framework to reveal the dynamics of governance
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    'Defining Western public spheres as bundles of common concern is a nice way of capturing the phenomenon's emergence, and of identifying changing agents and agendas. The striking thing is how states so often effortlessly co-opt these agendas and go on to re-draw a new authoritative line between the public and the private.' Iver Neumann, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107052956
    • length: 273 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction Jacqueline Best and Alexandra Gheciu
    2. Theorizing the public as practices: transformations of the public in historical context Jacqueline Best and Alexandra Gheciu
    Part II. Transformations of the Public in Historical Context:
    3. The dynamics of 'private' security strategies and their public consequences: transnational organizations in historical perspective Deborah Avant and Virginia Haufler
    4. Out from the shadows: governing OTC derivatives after the 2007–8 financial crisis Eric Helleiner
    Part III. Reconstituting the Global Public Today:
    5. The 'demand side' of good governance: the return of the public in World Bank policy Jacqueline Best
    6. The publicness of non-state global environmental and social governance Steven Bernstein
    7. Climate re-public: practising public space in conditions of extreme complexity Matthew Paterson
    8. Transforming the logic of security provision in post-Communist Europe Alexandra Gheciu
    9. Understanding US national intelligence: analyzing practices to capture the chimera Anna Leander
    Part IV. Conceptualizing the Public as Practices: Theoretical Implications:
    10. Constitutive public practices in a world of changing boundaries Tony Porter
    11. Publics, practices, and power Rita Abrahamsen and Michael C. Williams.

  • Editors

    Jacqueline Best, University of Ottawa
    Jacqueline Best is an Associate Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is author of Governing Failure: Provisional Expertise and the Transformation of Global Finance for Development (2014), The Limits of Transparency: Ambiguity and the History of International Finance (2005) and co-editor, with Matthew Paterson, of Cultural Political Economy (2010).

    Alexandra Gheciu, University of Ottawa
    Alexandra Gheciu is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Associate Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her publications include NATO in the 'New Europe': The Politics of International Socialization After the Cold War (2005) and Securing Civilization? (2008).


    Jacqueline Best, Alexandra Gheciu, Deborah Avant, Virginia Haufler, Eric Helleiner, Steven Bernstein, Matthew Paterson, Anna Leander, Tony Porter, Rita Abrahamsen, Michael C. Williams

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