Tim Büthe co-chairs conference on Rethinking Stakeholder Participation in Global Governance

Friday, March 25, 2016

In Geneva, Switzerland, Prof. Tim Büthe opened the 2nd workshop of the project on Rethinking Stakeholder Participation in Global Governance, which he co-directs with Swiss colleagues Joost Pauwelyn, Martino Maggetti, Ayelet Berman and Theresa Carpenter.  It is part of an ongoing collaboration of Duke University with the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and the University of Lausanne, funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) and led on Duke's behalf by the Department of Political Science.












The project examines the consequences of institutional reforms in global governance--from the introduction of administrative law procedures, such as notice and comment periods, to the broadening of membership and the creation of advisory bodies--through which international organization and other global governance bodies have sought to address legitimacy concerns that arise from the exclusion and marginalization of many who are directly affected by the rules and decisions of the bodies that govern health and finance at an international or global level.  The research examines the consequences of these reform for the ability of developing countries (and for non-commercial stakeholders from various countries) to participate--and have real influence--in global governance.  The project also analyzes the consequences of the reforms for the efficiency and effectiveness of the global governance bodies.

The research for the project on Rethinking Stakeholder Participation is carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of established and younger scholars from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, Vietnam.  The workshop was also attended by officials from international organizations, Geneva-based transnational civil society organizations, and other scholars from Europe and the United States.  It included presentations by Cindy Cheng, a 6th-year Ph.D. student in political science and a senior researcher with the Rethinking Stakeholder Participation project, Anh Do, a 3rd-year Ph.D. students in political science, and Mercy DeMenno, a 2nd-year Ph.D. student in public policy.