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MECGLO - New Mechanisms of Global Governance

In recent years, a vast number of public-private partnerships, global public policy networks and transnational private policy regimes have emerged along with traditional intergovernmental relations. While we observe the growth of these new forms of multi-polar, multi-actor governance, it is by no means clear what the enabling factors for their formation are and in what way they might lead to qualitatively new policy processes. What are the reasons for the emergence of these new mechanisms of global governance? And what are their implications for the effectiveness and legitimacy of governance beyond the nation state? The MECGLO research group addressed these open questions along the lines of five main themes, each of which is examined in a number of indivdual studies:

NWO Shifts in Governance research project on Partnerships for Sustainable Development

The Role and Influence of Transnational Private Rule-Setting Organizations in Global Sustainability Politics (TransGovOrg)

Changing Norms of Global Governance

Private Institutions and Global Governance: The New Politics of Environmental Sustainability

The New Transnationalism: Transnational Governance and Democratic Legitimacy

Governance by Diffusion

Global governance of Genetic Resources, Intellectual Property Rights, Traditional Knowledge, Sovereignty

Key MECGLO Publications

The New Transnationalism

The New Transnationalism: Transnational Governance and Democratic Legitimacy. By Klaus Dingwerth. Read more >>

Private Institutions and Global Governance


Private Institutions and Global Governance: The New Politics of Environmental Sustainability. By Philipp Pattberg.

Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development


Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development. Emergence, Influence and Legitimacy, edited by Philipp Pattberg, Frank Biermann, Sander Chan and Ayşem Mert.