Meta-Governance of Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Actors’ Perspectives on How the UN Could Improve Partnerships’ Governance Services in Areas of Limited Statehood

36 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2015

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Marianne Beisheim

Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit

Nils Simon

Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik; DFG Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700; Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Environmental Policy Research Centre

Date Written: August 30, 2015

Abstract

In the context of negotiations on the Post-2015 or 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the process of formulating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations (UN) (again) assigns an important role to multi-stakeholder partnerships. But how do actors view these partnerships more than ten years after the UN’s engagement with them?

Our previous research found that transnational multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development are neither as successful as their proponents claim nor as ineffective as their critics argue (Beisheim/Liese 2014). In light of these findings, we ask whether relevant actors argue that lessons learned with regard to partnerships’ success conditions should be translated into rules and standards that guide the operations of existing and the development of new partnerships. This kind of meta-governance of partnerships could be exerted by state or non-state actors at the national or international level. Moreover, we distinguish between two broad functions of meta-governance: enabling and ensuring.

In this paper, we present first insights into actors’ views on the meta-governance of partnerships. We focus on the actors in the UN-context, where reforms of the framework for partnerships are under debate.

Keywords: Partnerships, Sustainable Development, PPP

Suggested Citation

Beisheim, Marianne and Simon, Nils, Meta-Governance of Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Actors’ Perspectives on How the UN Could Improve Partnerships’ Governance Services in Areas of Limited Statehood (August 30, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2680162 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2680162

Marianne Beisheim (Contact Author)

Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit ( email )

10719 Berlin
Germany

Nils Simon

Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik ( email )

Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4
Berlin, 10719
Germany

DFG Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700 ( email )

Freie Universität Berlin
Binger Straße 40
Berlin, 14197
Germany

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Environmental Policy Research Centre ( email )

Ihnestr. 22
Berlin, 14195
Germany

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