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The John Holmes Memorial Lecture: International Organizations at the Moving Public-Private Borderline

The John Holmes Memorial Lecture: International Organizations at the Moving Public-Private... Global Governance 19 (2013), 1–18 GLOBAL INSIGHTS The John Holmes Memorial Lecture: International Organizations at the Moving Public-Private Borderline Christer Jönsson THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN A PUBLIC AND A PRIVATE SPHERE IS ESSENTIAL TO politics. The public sphere is commonly associated with the state and poli- tics whereas the private sphere encompasses markets and civil society. Political power and state sovereignty rest on “a set of institutionalized authority claims.” The sovereign state’s authority claim over its population imparts it with metapolitical authority. That is, the governing bodies of states claim to have, and are recognized as having, the authority to define what is public (and thus political) and what is private (and thus beyond political authority). The range of activities over which political bodies can legitimately exercise authority may vary over time and between states. For instance, the authority claims of modern welfare states are far more exten- sive than those of medieval or nineteenth-century states, as formerly private aspects of people’s lives have become included in the public realm. The public-private distinction can be seen as one of the “grand dichotomies” of Western thought, subsuming a wide range of other distinc- tions that shape our understanding and organization of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

The John Holmes Memorial Lecture: International Organizations at the Moving Public-Private Borderline

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01901001
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Abstract

Global Governance 19 (2013), 1–18 GLOBAL INSIGHTS The John Holmes Memorial Lecture: International Organizations at the Moving Public-Private Borderline Christer Jönsson THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN A PUBLIC AND A PRIVATE SPHERE IS ESSENTIAL TO politics. The public sphere is commonly associated with the state and poli- tics whereas the private sphere encompasses markets and civil society. Political power and state sovereignty rest on “a set of institutionalized authority claims.” The sovereign state’s authority claim over its population imparts it with metapolitical authority. That is, the governing bodies of states claim to have, and are recognized as having, the authority to define what is public (and thus political) and what is private (and thus beyond political authority). The range of activities over which political bodies can legitimately exercise authority may vary over time and between states. For instance, the authority claims of modern welfare states are far more exten- sive than those of medieval or nineteenth-century states, as formerly private aspects of people’s lives have become included in the public realm. The public-private distinction can be seen as one of the “grand dichotomies” of Western thought, subsuming a wide range of other distinc- tions that shape our understanding and organization of

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 12, 2013

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