Accountable Global Governance Organizations

Jonathan G. S. Koppell

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability

Published in print May 2014 | ISBN: 9780199641253
Published online August 2014 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Accountable Global Governance Organizations

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Governance is about creating processes and structures that constrain and regulate behavior. There is a wide variety of global governance organizations. Global governance organizations have an impact on a vast number of lives, but they are not guided by the legal, political and organizational rules that govern democratic domestic governance organizations. Accountability in global governance is really about legitimacy. Global governance organizations need to be able to clarify why they can define global rules of the game? For global governance organizations, being accountable means one (or more) of five things: transparency, liability, controllability, responsibility and responsiveness. The combination of these expectations easily culminates in organizational tensions.

Keywords: Accountability; Global governance organizations; Global governance; Good governance; Transparency; Legitimacy

Article.  7282 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations ; Public Administration

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