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Democracy in Global Governance: The Promises and Pitfalls of Transnational Actors

Bexell, Magdalena LU ; Tallberg, Jonas LU and Uhlin, Anders LU (2010) In Global Governance 16(1). p.81-101
Abstract
The participation of transnational actors in global policymaking is increasingly seen as a means to democratize global governance. Drawing

on alternative theories of democracy and existing empirical evidence, we

assess the promises and pitfalls of this vision. We explore how the structuring and operation of international institutions, public-private partnerships, and transnational actors themselves may facilitate expanded

participation and enhanced accountability in global governance. We find

considerable support for an optimistic verdict on the democratizing potential of transnational actor involvement, but also identify hurdles in

democratic theory and the practice of global governance that... (More)
The participation of transnational actors in global policymaking is increasingly seen as a means to democratize global governance. Drawing

on alternative theories of democracy and existing empirical evidence, we

assess the promises and pitfalls of this vision. We explore how the structuring and operation of international institutions, public-private partnerships, and transnational actors themselves may facilitate expanded

participation and enhanced accountability in global governance. We find

considerable support for an optimistic verdict on the democratizing potential of transnational actor involvement, but also identify hurdles in

democratic theory and the practice of global governance that motivate a

more cautious outlook. In conclusion, we call for research that explores

the conditions for democracy in global governance through a combination

of normative political theory and positive empirical research. (Less)
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accountability, transnational actors, global governance, democracy, participation
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Global Governance
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16
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81 - 101
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Lynne Rienner Publishers
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on alternative theories of democracy and existing empirical evidence, we<br/><br>
assess the promises and pitfalls of this vision. We explore how the structuring and operation of international institutions, public-private partnerships, and transnational actors themselves may facilitate expanded<br/><br>
participation and enhanced accountability in global governance. We find<br/><br>
considerable support for an optimistic verdict on the democratizing potential of transnational actor involvement, but also identify hurdles in<br/><br>
democratic theory and the practice of global governance that motivate a<br/><br>
more cautious outlook. In conclusion, we call for research that explores<br/><br>
the conditions for democracy in global governance through a combination<br/><br>
of normative political theory and positive empirical research.},
  author       = {Bexell, Magdalena and Tallberg, Jonas and Uhlin, Anders},
  issn         = {1075-2846},
  keyword      = {accountability,transnational actors,global governance,democracy,participation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {81--101},
  publisher    = {Lynne Rienner Publishers},
  series       = {Global Governance},
  title        = {Democracy in Global Governance: The Promises and Pitfalls of Transnational Actors},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2010},
}