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Democracy in Global Governance: The Promises and Pitfalls of Transnational Actors

Global Governance 16 (1): 81-101, 2010

21 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2012  

Magdalena Bexell

Lund University - Department of Political Science

Jonas Tallberg

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science

Anders Uhlin

Lund University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

The participation of transnational actors in global policy-making is increasingly seen as a means to democratize global governance. Drawing on alternative theories of democracy and existing empirical evidence, we assess the promises and pitfalls of this vision. We explore how the structuring and operation of international institutions, public-private partnerships, and transnational actors themselves may facilitate expanded participation and enhanced accountability in global governance. We find considerable support for an optimistic verdict on the democratizing potential of transnational actor involvement, but also identify hurdles in democratic theory and the practice of global governance that motivate a more cautious outlook. In conclusion, we call for research that explores the conditions for democracy in global governance through a combination of normative political theory and positive empirical research.

Keywords: global governance, international organizations, democracy, transnational actors, accountability, participation

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Bexell, Magdalena and Tallberg, Jonas and Uhlin, Anders, Democracy in Global Governance: The Promises and Pitfalls of Transnational Actors (2010). Global Governance 16 (1): 81-101, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2180510

Magdalena Bexell

Lund University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Box 52
Lund
Sweden

Jonas Tallberg (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

Anders Uhlin

Lund University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Box 52
Lund
Sweden

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