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Global Governance as a Perspective on World Politics

Global Governance as a Perspective on World Politics Global Governance 12 (2006), 185– 203 Global Governance as a Perspective on World Politics Klaus Dingwerth and Philipp Pattberg In one of the first issues of Global Governance, Larry Finkelstein observed that “‘Global Governance’ appears to be virtually anything.” A decade later, the concept of global governance has become ever more popular—and confusion about its meaning ever greater. While we do think that some flexibility in the use of concepts is both theo- retically desirable and practically unavoidable, we believe that the current disarray is a hindrance to more fruitful discussions and to the goal of developing more coherent theories of global governance. We therefore argue that a more careful use of the term global governance is necessary to overcome the current confusion spawned by the varia- tion in uses of the concept. After clarifying the basic function of con- cepts in social science and reviewing the different uses of global gov- ernance in the current literature, we use the term as an analytical concept that provides a perspective on world politics different from the more traditional notion of “international relations.” KEYWORDS: global governance, world politics, international relations, use of concepts. n contemporary academic debate about world politics, “global 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
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01202006
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Abstract

Global Governance 12 (2006), 185– 203 Global Governance as a Perspective on World Politics Klaus Dingwerth and Philipp Pattberg In one of the first issues of Global Governance, Larry Finkelstein observed that “‘Global Governance’ appears to be virtually anything.” A decade later, the concept of global governance has become ever more popular—and confusion about its meaning ever greater. While we do think that some flexibility in the use of concepts is both theo- retically desirable and practically unavoidable, we believe that the current disarray is a hindrance to more fruitful discussions and to the goal of developing more coherent theories of global governance. We therefore argue that a more careful use of the term global governance is necessary to overcome the current confusion spawned by the varia- tion in uses of the concept. After clarifying the basic function of con- cepts in social science and reviewing the different uses of global gov- ernance in the current literature, we use the term as an analytical concept that provides a perspective on world politics different from the more traditional notion of “international relations.” KEYWORDS: global governance, world politics, international relations, use of concepts. n contemporary academic debate about world politics, “global

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2006

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