Democracy Beyond the Nation State? Transnational Actors and Global Governance

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Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2013
Funding: 33000000 SEK


Exploring the role of transnational actors in the democratisation of global governance, this research program addresses three scholarly themes: (1) transnational actors and the democratisation of international institutions, (2) democracy and public-private partnerships in global governance, and (3) the democratic credentials of transnational actors. The program goes beyond existing research in three central respects. First, it integrates normative democratic theory and empirical research in a global context. In contrast to the strong emphasis on normative theory in existing research, this program pursues a dual agenda, tracing the implications of alternative models of democracy for the prospects of democratisation, and exploring empirical studies of actual attempts to democratise international institutions through transnational organisation. Second, the program adopts a comparative research design. As opposed to the single-case studies that dominate existing empirical research, this program includes broad comparisons across such issue-areas as trade, development, health, human rights, security, the environment and migration. Third, it includes and assesses the full spectrum of transnational actors. Whereas existing studies of transnational organisation in global governance tend to focus either on civil society actors or multinational corporations, we study political processes that involve both categories, and assess the democratic credentials of both categories.

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