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Reconceptualising transnational governance: Making global institutions fit for purpose


  • Cleary, Seán


Tensions between national democratic accountability and transnational challenges undermine trust and collective action. Asymmetry between an integrated global economy, fragmented global community, and defective global polity, causes social turbulence. Facing technological disruption, we need a new order to address inequality; transform education; and build social capital. Diplomatic exchanges will not suffice, but the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030 were enabled by bottom-up deliberations. The author proposes a UN conference of states to decide how to balance environmental sustainability, economic development and human security, after consultations on national proposals between policymakers, business and civil society, on principles, underlying values and legal norms.

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  • Cleary, Seán, 2017. "Reconceptualising transnational governance: Making global institutions fit for purpose," Economics Discussion Papers 2017-31, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:ifwedp:201731

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    national democratic accountability; international cooperation; institutional weakness; global order; technological disruption; planetary boundaries; inequality; social capital; asymmetry; integrated global economy; fragmented global community; defective global polity; environmental sustainability; economic development; human security; national consultations; values; legal norms;

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    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations

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