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The new transnationalism : transnational governance and democratic legitimacy

Published on Jan 1, 2007
Klaus Dingwerth16
Estimated H-index: 16
Transnational rule-making is becoming increasingly common, with decisions being made at the global level, beyond the state. This book explores what the privatization of global rule-making means for democracy. Based on contemporary theoretical approaches to democratic global governance, it reconstructs three prominent rule-making processes in the field of global sustainability politics: the World Commission on Dams, the Global Reporting Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council. Klaus Dingwerth argues that, if designed properly, private transnational rule-making can be as democratic as intergovernmental rule-making.
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Published on Oct 1, 2019in Ecological Economics 4.28
Philip Schleifer4
Estimated H-index: 4
(UvA: University of Amsterdam),
Matteo Fiorini2
Estimated H-index: 2
(EUI: European University Institute),
Luc Fransen10
Estimated H-index: 10
(UvA: University of Amsterdam)
Abstract This article conducts a population-level analysis of transnational private governance organizations (TPGOs) that develop standards for sustainable commodity production in the Global South. Our point of departure is the observation that despite the rapid growth in the number of TPGOs active in developing countries the extant scholarship remains focused on a small set of well-studied programs. To address this imbalance, this article brings much needed empirical breadth to current debates ...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Paul Almond9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Reading),
Mike Esbester3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Portsmouth)
This chapter focuses on the functional legitimacy of health and safety—how it derives acceptance from the ways in which it operates in practice, and the outcomes that it produces. The expansion of health and safety beyond the workplace, the emergence of a safety profession and the valorisation of expertise, and the inspection and enforcement practices of regulators, are all explored in relation to the challenges and benefits that they provide in terms of demonstrating the effectiveness, efficien...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Economic globalization has resulted in corporations, unaccountable to states, making key decisions within an otherwise anarchic world order, rendering normal democratic functioning almost impossible. Global gridlock has resulted from the same issues that plague democracies today. Although transnational civil society has tried to achieve a degree of democratic global governance, the result mostly has been to reinforce the global power structure.
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Ivan Oliver Hilliard2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UEM: European University of Madrid)
This chapter starts by analyzing the pros and cons of a stakeholder approach. It looks at different communication tools, principally non-financial reporting, used to manage the dialogue companies maintain with different stakeholder groups. It explains the limits of this type of tool and why they fail to improve overall responsible behavior. It then identifies why any organization serious about their approach to social responsibility must change current stakeholder dialogue practices and outlines...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Thérèse Rudebeck (St And: University of St Andrews)
Recognising that win-win outcomes in collective action is not a given, the question of how companies legitimise their involvement in CWS becomes central. This chapter takes up this challenge and explores how corporations establish themselves as legitimate actors in the water sector. Arguing that the legitimation process is of relational nature, the chapter shows that the process of gaining legitimacy is both about an actor gaining tacit recognition, but also about the active process of gaining t...
Published on Dec 1, 2018in Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics 1.40
Scott Brenton4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Melbourne)
Certification schemes and labels such as the Forest Stewardship Council, Fairtrade, and Rainforest Alliance are market-based mechanisms designed to harness consumer power in economically developed countries to influence companies to improve the economic, social and environmental welfare of producers, workers and communities in economically developing countries. However, consumers are largely not convinced that certification schemes are acting in the interests of developing countries, because con...
Published on Jul 12, 2018in Journalism Studies 2.23
Michael Karlsson12
Estimated H-index: 12
Christer Clerwall8
Estimated H-index: 8
Transparency has emerged as an ethical principle in contemporary journalism and is contended to improve accountability and credibility by journalists and scholars alike. However, to date, few attempts have been made to record the public’s views on transparency. This study enriches current knowledge by using data from an experiment, survey and focus groups in Sweden collected between 2013 and 2015. Overall, the results suggest that the respondents are not particularly moved by transparency in any...
Published on Jan 1, 2018
Ingo Take (University of Bremen)
Der Beitrag verortet sich in der breiten politikwissenschaftlichen Debatte uber angemessene Formen und Modi globaler Ordnungsbildung in Zeiten der Globalisierung. Im Mittelpunkt der Ausfuhrungen steht die Frage nach dem potenziellen Beitrag, den zivilgesellschaftliche INGOs zum effektiven und legitimen Regieren in der Weltgesellschaft leisten konnen. Das Konzept der Weltgesellschaft bietet sich als Analyserahmen an, weil es den nationalstaatlichen Wahrnehmungsraum fur neue Formen transnationaler...