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Democratizing Global Environmental Governance? Stakeholder Democracy after the World Summit on Sustainable Development

Democratizing Global Environmental Governance? Stakeholder Democracy after the World Summit on... One of the most pressing problems confronting political scientists today is whetherglobal governance has democratic legitimacy. Drawing on an analysis of the WorldSummit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in 2002, this articleadvances and empirically deploys an ideal-typical model of a new approach to keyareas of global governance—‘stakeholder democracy’.This work is located in the context of the changing practices of global governance,in which concerns about legitimacy, accountability, and participation have gainedprominence. Sustainability is an arena in which innovative experiments with newhybrid, pluri-lateral forms of governance, such as stakeholder forums andpartnership agreements institutionalizing relations between state and non-stateactors, are taking place. A central argument is that sustainability governanceimperfectly exemplifies new deliberative stakeholder practices with generaldemocratic potential at the global level. In examining these governancearrangements, we draw together the nascent elements of this new‘model’, such as its distinctive takes on politicalrepresentation and accountability. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of International Relations SAGE

Democratizing Global Environmental Governance? Stakeholder Democracy after the World Summit on Sustainable Development

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SAGE
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ISSN
1354-0661
eISSN
1460-3713
DOI
10.1177/1354066106069321
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Abstract

One of the most pressing problems confronting political scientists today is whetherglobal governance has democratic legitimacy. Drawing on an analysis of the WorldSummit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in 2002, this articleadvances and empirically deploys an ideal-typical model of a new approach to keyareas of global governance—‘stakeholder democracy’.This work is located in the context of the changing practices of global governance,in which concerns about legitimacy, accountability, and participation have gainedprominence. Sustainability is an arena in which innovative experiments with newhybrid, pluri-lateral forms of governance, such as stakeholder forums andpartnership agreements institutionalizing relations between state and non-stateactors, are taking place. A central argument is that sustainability governanceimperfectly exemplifies new deliberative stakeholder practices with generaldemocratic potential at the global level. In examining these governancearrangements, we draw together the nascent elements of this new‘model’, such as its distinctive takes on politicalrepresentation and accountability.

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European Journal of International RelationsSAGE

Published: Dec 1, 2006

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