Global governance: of, by and for whom?

  • Jim Whitman


Is it truly the case, as we are sometimes told, that ‘global issues require global solutions’?1 What would acting in this way entail, and do we currently have the means to do so? What would be required of the familiar structures, actors and processes of politics? Are these fixtures either necessary or sufficient? Would something new need to be created, or could we engineer ‘global solutions’ by making running adjustments to our already existing organisations of political community? Are global issues now properly the work of international organisations, or should we think instead of supranational ones, or possibly configurations of state and non-state actors? How would the agents of ‘global solutions’ secure and maintain all of the important mainstays of democratic politics: legitimacy, authority, accountability, inclusiveness, and representation? On what basis would ‘solutions’ be enacted — and if necessary, enforced?


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