Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Madsen & Christensen: Global Actors: Networks, Elites, and Institutions

Mikael Rask Madsen (Univ. of Copenhagen - Law) & Mikkel Jarle Christensen (Univ. of Copenhagen - Law) have posted Global Actors: Networks, Elites, and Institutions. Here's the abstract:
Over the past several decades scholars have intensively debated what factors drive globalization. Answers have ranged from the emergence of the information society and the global economy to value-conflicts embedded in different civilizations. A different yet closely related question is who is driving globalization? That is, however, much less studied, even if it is arguably key to making global governance intelligible. A whole list of actors seem to offer possible answers to the question of who the globalizers are: Are they global institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) or the International Criminal Court (ICC); communities of experts providing technocratic solutions; transnational networks of activists seeking to alter global and national politics by pursuing, for example, environmental or human rights agendas; or are they powerful individuals forming transnational elites taking the fate of the global society in their hands at a safe distance from ordinary politics in places such as Brussels, New York, or Davos?