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Jan Aart Scholte: Can Multistakeholder Global Governance Have Legitimacy?

November 7, 2019 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Location:A602 Loeb Building
Cost:Free

Political Science Speaker Series presents:

Jan Aart Scholte
Professor, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Can Multistakeholder Global Governance Have Legitimacy?

Can multistakeholder institutions rescue global governance from the crisis of multilateralism? Promoters have touted ‘multistakeholderism’ for several decades as a creative, responsive, participatory way of global governing. In contrast, critics have charged that multistakeholder designs are a formula for inefficiency, poor compliance, special-interest capture, and unaccountability. What do those involved think? This presentation draws on interviews with some 1400 respondents about their legitimacy beliefs toward global multistakeholder regimes in Internet governance.

Jan Aart Scholte is Professor of Peace and Development in the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Co-Director of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Publications include Globalization: A Critical Introduction (2005); Building Global Democracy: Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance (editor, 2011); New Rules for Global Justice (co-editor, 2016); Legitimacy in Global Governance (co-editor, 2018); and Reimagining Hegemonies (co-editor, forthcoming).