By Jan Aart Scholte

The size, effectiveness and legitimacy of worldwide governance lag some distance in the back of the world's wishes. This path-breaking e-book examines how a ways civil society involvement presents a solution to those difficulties. Does civil society make worldwide governance extra democratic? Have citizen motion teams raised the responsibility of worldwide our bodies that take care of demanding situations comparable to weather switch, monetary crises, clash, sickness and inequality? What conditions have promoted (or blocked) civil society efforts to make international governance associations extra democratically responsible? What may well enhance those results sooner or later? The authors base their argument on experiences of 13 worldwide associations, together with the UN, G8, WTO, ICANN and IMF. experts from all over the world seriously verify what has and has now not labored in efforts to make international our bodies solution to publics in addition to states. Combining highbrow intensity and political relevance, development international Democracy? will entice scholars, researchers, activists and policymakers.

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Likewise, some commentators maintain that today’s policymakers are accountable to as-yet unborn future generations for the ecological consequences of current practices. The present discussion is not the place to elaborate on complex ethical issues of responsibility over time; it suffices here to stress that the constituency of a global governance institution has historical as well as social and political parameters. Accountability by what means? In order to determine who is and is not being served by global governance accountability it is important to identify and assess the institutional mechanisms that a given agency uses in order to enact transparency, consultation, evaluation and redress.

In some cases, such as the OECD, the objectives and corresponding activities of a global governance apparatus may range quite widely. Yet however its mandate is expressed, a global governance institution is first and foremost answerable for the ways and degrees that it does or does not further whatever public good(s) it exists to promote. 12 on Thu Oct 11 11:16:11 BST 2012. 002 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 Global governance, accountability and civil society 21 accountability can be more specifically assessed in line with the fourfold framework set out above.

Also in order to engage practitioner circles, the project results have been presented orally at various civil society and global governance venues. The resulting book gives a fuller version of the above analysis and aims thereby to enlarge an as-yet small corner of knowledge. Although the issue of accountable global governance is increasingly recognised as being highly important, research on the subject remains sparse. Only a handful of published academic studies have explored the general problem of accountability in global regulation (Keohane and Nye 2003; Held and Koenig-Archibugi 2005; Ebrahim and Weisband 2007).

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