Conclusion: Models of Global Governance and Accountability

in World Rule

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226450988
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226450964 | DOI:
Conclusion: Models of Global Governance and Accountability

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This book has argued that the demands of accountability, particularly responsibility and responsiveness, are sometimes incompatible. The empirical observations demonstrate that global governance organizations (GGOs) attempt to manage this tension across four areas of organizational design—structure, rulemaking, adherence, and interest group participation. But unmet expectations are still inevitable, manifested as charges of unaccountable and undemocratic governance. This observation begs the question: do GGOs favor one notion of accountability over another? Is there a coherent explanation for the accountability tendencies of GGOs? The first section of the chapter reviews the “types” defined in the four areas of organizational design and then identifies three GGO models: classical GGOs, cartel GGOs, and symbiotic GGOs. The second section examines the distribution of GGOs across these three types. The final section considers the implications of this study. The findings and observations presented herein complement many existing studies of international organizations, particularly constructivist accounts, and offer an explanation for the structure and processes of GGOs that looks beyond the power of nation-states.

Keywords: accountability; responsibility; responsiveness; global governance organizations; organizational design; structure; rulemaking; adherence; interest group participation; global governance

Chapter.  10524 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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