Download e-book for iPad: Building Global Democracy?: Civil Society and Accountable by Jan Aart Scholte

By Jan Aart Scholte

ISBN-10: 0521140552

ISBN-13: 9780521140553

The size, effectiveness and legitimacy of worldwide governance lag a ways in the back of the world's wishes. This path-breaking e-book examines how a long way civil society involvement presents a solution to those difficulties. Does civil society make worldwide governance extra democratic? Have citizen motion teams raised the responsibility of worldwide our bodies that care for demanding situations similar to weather swap, monetary crises, clash, affliction and inequality? What situations have promoted (or blocked) civil society efforts to make worldwide governance associations extra democratically dependable? What may perhaps enhance those results sooner or later? The authors base their argument on stories of 13 international associations, together with the UN, G8, WTO, ICANN and IMF. experts from world wide significantly verify what has and has no longer labored in efforts to make international our bodies resolution to publics in addition to states. Combining highbrow intensity and political relevance, development international Democracy? will entice scholars, researchers, activists and policymakers

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Yet even if global rules and regulatory institutions were pared down to the minimally required proportions, planet-spanning arrangements would still remain an important feature of governance in the more global society that people now inhabit. The question is therefore not whether global governance will exist in the years to come, but what forms and proportions it will take, and what policies and outcomes it will promote. Of course global governance arrangements rarely have total planetary coverage, in the sense of affecting – or affecting to equal extents – every person at every spot on the earth.

Is it the software companies, civil society groups and individual programmers who share in the operation of ICANN, W3C and IETF? The obvious answer is that all of these participating actors have a case to answer, both individually and collectively. Yet this principle of multifaceted accountabilities is not easily translated into practice: which parts of public policy networks should be held to account, to what respective degrees, how, and to whom? Indeed, there is considerable danger that governance agencies exploit these post-sovereign circumstances of diffuse polycentric decision­taking in order to avoid accepting due responsibility for their actions and omissions.

If global governance institutions need to be held accountable for their share in contemporary societal regulation, for what more specifically is each agency answerable? This question can be addressed in terms of the overall purpose of the governance body, as well as the various activities that the organisation undertakes in pursuit of that mandate. As noted earlier, global governance mechanisms are indispensable to the delivery of many public goods in today’s more global society. Each of these regulatory instruments is meant to advance one or several planetspanning public goods, whether in respect of conflict management, cultural creativity, disease control, ecological sustainability, financial stability or technical standardisation.

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