NGOs in global governance

Authored by: Molly Ruhlman

Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations

Print publication date:  April  2019
Online publication date:  April  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138285507
eBook ISBN: 9781315268927
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The very concept of global governance is a puzzle. There is no central government, but a dense web of rules and institutions stretching across an anarchic system. Without a central organizer, governance is multilayered, diverse, fragmented, and interesting. The public, private, and civil society spheres combine and collide in creative ways. As a result, diverse participants use a mixture of norms, rules, and tools of pressure or persuasion to influence one another. Yet, for several formational decades, the study of global governance focused on nation-states to the exclusion of non-state actors. Global governance thus became primarily a study of state-centric multilateralism.

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