1 online resource (170 pages) : 20 illustrations, text file, PDF
9781315144740 (e-book : PDF)
Multistakeholder governance is proposed as the way forward in global governance. For some leaders in civil society and government who are frustrated with the lack of power of the UN system and multilateralism it is seen as an attractive alternative; others, particularly in the corporate world, see multistakeholder governance as offering a more direct hand and potentially a legitimate role in national and global governance. This book examines how the development of multistakeholderism poses a challenge to multilateralism and democracy. Using a theoretical, historical perspective it describes how the debate on global governance evolved and what working principles of multilateralism are under threat. From a sociological perspective, the book identifies the organizational beliefs of multistakeholder groups and the likely change in the roles that leaders in government, civil society, and the private sector will face as they evolve into potential global governors. From a practical perspective, the book addresses the governance issues which organizations and individuals should assess before deciding to participate in or support a particular multistakeholder group. Given the current emphasis on the participation of multiple actors in the Sustainable Development Goals, this book will have wide appeal across policy-making and professional sectors involved in negotiations and governance at all levels. It will also be essential reading for students studying applied governance.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
1. Multilateralism and multistakeholderism: global governance gaps
Introduction Structural limitations of contemporary multilateralism Global governance and next generation of democratic standards Democracy and global governance gaps Multistakeholderism and representative democracy Multistakeholderism and the rule of law Multilateralism and multi-constituency consultations From multi-constituency consultations to multistakeholder governance Diversity of internal structures of multistakeholder governance groups Types of multistakeholder governance groups
2. How did we get here? A convergence of multiple trends
Macro political-economic factors Structural transformations Recognition of multistakeholderism as governance form Macro-forces creating a new political platform for global governance
3. Global actors from multilateralism to multistakeholderism
Governance actors from yesterday to tomorrow The institutional foundation for global governance New actors in multistakeholder governance
4. Structural and institutional characteristics of multistakeholderism
Nine beliefs and their governance consequences Structural and institutional characteristics of multistakeholder governance Chapter summary
5. A detailed guide to decision-making about a multistakeholder group
Four questions on the composition of a multistakeholder group Four questions on internal governance Three questions on external responsibilities Two questions on financial responsibility Chapter summary
6. Where can we go from here?
The current state of play Multistakeholderism: additional structural limitations Next steps on the governance of multistakeholderism Next steps on global democratic governance Concluding observations.