The Rise of Multistakeholder Global Governance

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Ayelet Berman

Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

Date Written: April 14, 2017


In the past two decades, multistakeholder partnerships have been on the rise. With the perceived failure of intergovernmental organizations to get things done, the international system has turned toward partnerships. Allowing for collaboration with private actors, they are increasingly seen as the governance model du jour. They're praised for being democratically legitimate, thanks to their inclusion of a range of public and private stakeholders—most notably the inclusion of developing countries and civil society that had hitherto been excluded from international policy-making processes. My comments address three topics: (1) the rise of partnerships in context, (2) the reasons for their rise, and (3) challenges.

Keywords: multistakeholder partnership, public private partnership, intergovernmental organizations, developing countries, civil society, business, democratic legitimacy, conflict of interest, capture

Suggested Citation

Berman, Ayelet, The Rise of Multistakeholder Global Governance (April 14, 2017). ASIL Proceedings, 2017; NUS Centre for International Law Research Paper No. 19/01. Available at SSRN:

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