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Enhancing Global Governance Through Regional Integration

Enhancing Global Governance Through Regional Integration Global Governance 12 (2006), 233– 240 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Enhancing Global Governance Through Regional Integration Ramesh Thakur and Luk Van Langenhove lobal governance—governance for the world without world govern- ment—refers to cooperative problem-solving arrangements on a Gglobal plane. These may be rules (laws, norms, codes of behavior) as well as constituted institutions and practices (formal and informal) to manage collective affairs by a variety of actors (state authorities, intergov- ernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities). Global governance thus refers to the complex of formal and infor- mal institutions, mechanisms, relationships, and processes between and among states, markets, citizens, and organizations—both intergovernmental and nongovernmental—through which collective interests are articulated, rights and obligations are established, and differences are mediated. Such global governance faces a fundamental paradox. The policy authority for tackling global problems and mobilizing the necessary re- sources is vested primarily at the country level, in states, while the source and scale of the problems and potential solutions to them are transnational, regional, and global. One result of this situation is that states have the capacity to disable decisionmaking and policy implementation by global bodies like the United Nations (UN), but they generally lack the vision and will to empower http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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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
10.1163/19426720-01203002
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Abstract

Global Governance 12 (2006), 233– 240 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Enhancing Global Governance Through Regional Integration Ramesh Thakur and Luk Van Langenhove lobal governance—governance for the world without world govern- ment—refers to cooperative problem-solving arrangements on a Gglobal plane. These may be rules (laws, norms, codes of behavior) as well as constituted institutions and practices (formal and informal) to manage collective affairs by a variety of actors (state authorities, intergov- ernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities). Global governance thus refers to the complex of formal and infor- mal institutions, mechanisms, relationships, and processes between and among states, markets, citizens, and organizations—both intergovernmental and nongovernmental—through which collective interests are articulated, rights and obligations are established, and differences are mediated. Such global governance faces a fundamental paradox. The policy authority for tackling global problems and mobilizing the necessary re- sources is vested primarily at the country level, in states, while the source and scale of the problems and potential solutions to them are transnational, regional, and global. One result of this situation is that states have the capacity to disable decisionmaking and policy implementation by global bodies like the United Nations (UN), but they generally lack the vision and will to empower

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2006

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