Who Governs the Globe?

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Academics and policymakers frequently discuss global governance but they treat governance as a structure or process, rarely considering who actually does the governing. This volume focuses on the agents of global governance: "global governors. " The global policy arena is filled with a wide variety of actors such as international organizations, corporations, professional associations, and advocacy groups, all seeking to "govern" activity surrounding their issues of concern. Who Governs the Globe? lays out a theoretical framework for understanding and investigating governors in world politics. It then applies this framework to various governors and policy arenas, including arms control, human rights, economic development, and global education. Edited by three of the world's leading international relations scholars, this is an important contribution that will be useful for courses, as well as for researchers in international studies and international organizations.

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“This path-breaking collaborative work illuminates complex social and political relationships that constitute governing authority in a changing world. New questions provoke deeper reflection than the term ‘global governance’ typically stimulates. Specialists need to read this fine book, and so do students.”
Louis W. Pauly, Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Governance, University of Toronto

“This volume makes and illustrates an important fact about global governance today: it isn’t only or always the institutional form of actors – be they states, corporations, or NGOs – but their relationships with key constituencies and with one another that shape governance outcomes. Authority, the essence of governance, comes in many guises. I recommend this book highly.”
John Gerard Ruggie, Harvard University

“… this book is indeed iconoclastic…The book’s theoretical framework builds around four uniquely honed concepts: "governors" "authority", "legitimacy" and “accountability”, which may invite challenges from readers who may subscribe to different notions of these terms.” -Rogerio F. Pinto, International Public Management Review

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Meet the Author

Deborah D. Avant is Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

Martha Finnemore is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Susan K. Sell is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies at George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

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1 Who governs the globe? Susan K. Sell Sell, Susan K. 1

Part I Authority dynamics and new governors

2 Who is running the international criminal justice system? Erik Voeten Voeten, Erik 35

3 The International Organization for Standardization as a global governor: a club theory perspective Matthew Potoski Potoski, Matthew 72

4 Corporations in zones of conflict: issues, actors, and institutions Virginia Haufler Haufler, Virginia 102

5 International organization control under conditions of dual delegation: a transgovernmental politics approach Abraham L. Newman Newman, Abraham L. 131

6 Constructing authority in the European Union Kathleen R. McNamara McNamara, Kathleen R. 153

Part II Authority dynamics and governance outcomes

7 Packing heat: pro-gun groups and the governance of small arms Clifford Bob Bob, Clifford 183

8 Governing the global agenda: "gatekeepers" and "issue adoption" in transnational advocacy networks R. Charli Carpenter Carpenter, R. Charli 202

9 Outsourcing authority: how project contracts transform global governance networks Alexander Cooley Cooley, Alexander 238

10 When "doing good" does not: the IMF and the Millennium Development Goals Tamar Gutner Gutner, Tamar 266

11 The power of norms; the norms of power: who governs international electrical and electronic technology? Tim Buthe Buthe, Tim 292

12 "Education for all" and the global governors Karen Mundy Mundy, Karen 333

13 Conclusion: authority, legitimacy, and accountability in global politics Susan K. Sell Sell, Susan K. 356

References 371

Index 416

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