Welcoming Participation, Avoiding Capture: A Five-Part Framework

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Melissa (MJ) Durkee

University of Georgia School of Law; University of Georgia - Dean Rusk International Law Center

Date Written: October 23, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Durkee, Melissa (MJ), Welcoming Participation, Avoiding Capture: A Five-Part Framework (October 23, 2020). 114 ASIL Proceedings 39 (2020), University of Georgia School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-25, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3717988

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