Welcoming Participation, Avoiding Capture: A Five-Part Framework
114 ASIL Proceedings 39 (2020)
4 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2020 Last revised: 11 Mar 2021
Date Written: October 23, 2020
What role should non-state actors have in the work of international organizations? It is particularly fitting that this panel is titled “between participation and capture,” because the phrase calls up the conflicting values that animate this question. When we think of non-state actors “participating” in the work of international organizations, we think about open, transparent organizations that are receiving the benefit of diverse perspectives and expertise. We may associate this phrase with process, access, and legitimacy in governance. On the other hand, when we think about non-state actors “capturing” the agenda of international organizations, we have a conflicting set of mental images: We imagine corruption, mission-drift, and the erosion of legitimacy in global governance. Openness is both valuable and dangerous.
Keywords: international organizations, international law, global governance, industry, policymaking, business, lawmaking
JEL Classification: K22, K32, K33
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