In Search of the Holy Grail: A Principled Approach to Multistakeholder Governance in Internet Policy-Making

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Nicolo Zingales

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

Roxana Radu

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Date Written: November 9, 2015

Abstract

In this paper, we briefly define the notion of ‘multistakeholder governance’ and describe its evolution and criticism through the prism of global Internet policy-making. First, we provide a definition and background, illustrating the different forms this concept has taken in three fora for participation in global Internet policy-making (UN, ITU and WTO). Second, we highlight the tension of the currently multiform notion of multistakeholder governance with core democratic values, and provide practical suggestions as to how these values can be brought to bear within existing multistakeholder practices.

Keywords: GigaNet

Suggested Citation

Zingales, Nicolo and Radu, Roxana, In Search of the Holy Grail: A Principled Approach to Multistakeholder Governance in Internet Policy-Making (November 9, 2015). GigaNet: Global Internet Governance Academic Network, Annual Symposium 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2809920 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2809920

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Roxana Radu

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) ( email )

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Switzerland

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