Analysing Global Governance

  • Shirin M. Rai


This chapter addresses some analytical issues that are important to the debate on global governance. Reviewing the literature on global governance and the feminist research presented in this and other books, we find that the gender-blindness in mainstream literature skews the analysis towards certain issues, modalities and methodologies rather than others, which are therefore unable to see alternative modes of thinking about and ‘doing’ governance. This chapter examines the current debates on global governance in order to demonstrate this contention and then suggests how, if global governance was ‘engendered’, might alternative paradigms emerge. Gendered perspectives on governance allow us to move the debate forward not only in examining the consequences of global governance for women and men but also in challenging the gendered premise of the concept itself. It argues that this is important if strategies attempting to achieve a transformation of global governance through, for example, critical gender mainstreaming or women networking across borders are to succeed and to have an impact on different policy areas and institutions.


Civil Society Global Governance Epistemic Authority Global Institution Democratic Deficit 
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