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Democracy in Global Governance: The Promises and Pitfalls of Transnational Actors

Democracy in Global Governance: The Promises and Pitfalls of Transnational Actors Global Governance 16 (2010), 81–101 Democracy in Global Governance: The Promises and Pitfalls of Transnational Actors Magdalena Bexell, Jonas Tallberg, and Anders Uhlin The participation of transnational actors in global policymaking is increas- ingly seen as a means to democratize global governance. Drawing on al- ternative theories of democracy and existing empirical evidence, we assess the promises and pitfalls of this vision. We explore how the structuring and operation of international institutions, public-private partnerships, and transnational actors themselves may facilitate expanded participation and enhanced accountability in global governance. We find considerable support for an optimistic verdict on the democratizing potential of transnational actor involvement, but also identify hurdles in democratic theory and the practice of global governance that motivate a more cau- tious outlook. In conclusion, we call for research that explores the condi- tions for democracy in global governance through a combination of normative political theory and positive empirical research. KEYWORDS: global governance, democracy, transnational actors, accountability, partic- ipation. THE GROWTH OF GOVERNANCE BEYOND THE NATION-STATE IS ONE OF THE most distinct political developments of the past half-century. Whereas the early postwar period witnessed the establishment of a set of major interna- tional institutions, more recent developments include http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Democracy in Global Governance: The Promises and Pitfalls of Transnational Actors

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01601006
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Abstract

Global Governance 16 (2010), 81–101 Democracy in Global Governance: The Promises and Pitfalls of Transnational Actors Magdalena Bexell, Jonas Tallberg, and Anders Uhlin The participation of transnational actors in global policymaking is increas- ingly seen as a means to democratize global governance. Drawing on al- ternative theories of democracy and existing empirical evidence, we assess the promises and pitfalls of this vision. We explore how the structuring and operation of international institutions, public-private partnerships, and transnational actors themselves may facilitate expanded participation and enhanced accountability in global governance. We find considerable support for an optimistic verdict on the democratizing potential of transnational actor involvement, but also identify hurdles in democratic theory and the practice of global governance that motivate a more cau- tious outlook. In conclusion, we call for research that explores the condi- tions for democracy in global governance through a combination of normative political theory and positive empirical research. KEYWORDS: global governance, democracy, transnational actors, accountability, partic- ipation. THE GROWTH OF GOVERNANCE BEYOND THE NATION-STATE IS ONE OF THE most distinct political developments of the past half-century. Whereas the early postwar period witnessed the establishment of a set of major interna- tional institutions, more recent developments include

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Dec 19, 2010

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