The Global is an academic blog managed by the Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Centre. It promotes critical reflection on, and constructive and well-informed engagement with the actors, norms and processes of global governance.
Rethinking Global Governance
“Thinking about order provision in spatial, organisational, and authoritative terms shows how gang governance has evolved locally and reveals examples of “gangsterisation” at the national and global levels.”
– Dennis Rodgers
“It is rather unsettling that the actors and instruments of international politics and governance have shown relatively strong disregard to the manifestations of global politics within the ordinary experiences of billions of people.”
– Stéphanie Perazzone
“Would broadcasting science and technology studies (STS) lessons about contingencies enhance the legitimacy of science, by grounding it on scientific findings, or would it run the risk of leading consumers to reject it outright?”
– Peter M. Haas
Epistemic Orders and Global Governance
By Christian Bueger and Annabelle Littoz-Monnet – The authors argue to take note of the fundamental re-organization of knowledge production for global governance. Developing the concept of epistemic orders, they show how epistemic foundations have transformed in three waves. While wave 1 centered on the state, and wave 2 on international organization, wave 3 stands for the centrality of proprietary knowledge production by companies and their foundations. The authors argue that moving to such a macroscopic understanding helps us grasp why and how the problems of global governance come to be identified, delineated, and acted upon.
Lone Wolves, Mobilizers, and Organizers: How Members Matter for Advocacy
By Nina Hall – Digital advocacy organizations like MoveOn in the United States and Campact in Germany are experts at rapid response mobilizing their millions of members. However, there are limits to a mass-mobilizing model. Here I build on my recent book, Transnational Advocacy in the Digital Era, alongside the works of Wendy Wong, Hahrie Han, Margaret Levi, and John Ahlquist, to examine how advocacy organizations can use their members to exercise influence.
Quenching the UN’s Data Thirst and Measuring the SDGs: An Impossible Feat?
By Monique J. Beerli – Is data the solution to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and fulfilling the 17 Global Goals? In this piece, Monique J. Beerli reflects on the practices and politics of measuring the Sustainable Development Goals, drawing insights from a high-level panel convened by the Global Governance Centre in November 2022.
Injecting Optimism back into the UN Human Rights Regime: The Power of Transnational Lawmaking Coalitions
By Nina Reiners – How can UN institutions ensure a future for human rights in a changing world? Based on her recent book, Nina Reiners positions transnational lawmaking coalitions (TLCs) as key to understanding how UN human rights treaty bodies change and advance international law beyond the state-led adoption of new treaty commitments.
Keeping Up Standards for a Better World – Or What Anthropology Can Contribute to the Study of International Organizations
By Miia Halme-Tuomisaari – What kind of insights can anthropology offer to the study of IOs? This essay illustrates this via an inductive theorization on the effectiveness of organizational aesthetics.