Global Governance as Sector-Specific Management

  • Jim Whitman
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As globalization has developed from being an emergent phenomenon to a pervasive condition, the global qualities of human relatedness have become inescapable and of routine importance. Increasingly, in matters as varied as human health, environmental quality and economic stability, national and even local concerns must take into active consideration world-encircling lines of causation. So when we attach the qualifier ‘global’ to an issue such as human health, it is on an understanding that global health is not merely a statistical abstraction, but a specific form of complex interrelatedness with a range of serious implications, not least in the form of epidemics and pandemics. To the extent that various actors — public and private, national and international, alone and in combination — seek to monitor and improve human health and to cure or prevent diseases worldwide, we can say that their combined activities amount to the global governance of health1 (sometimes expressed as global health governance). This and related forms of global governance dedicated to specific arenas of activity or relations can best be termed sectoral. The other principal use of the term ‘global governance’ is summative — that is, global governance regarded as the totality of all governances, including but not limited to states and the international system.


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