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Business and Global Governance

1st Edition

Edited by Morten Ougaard, Anna Leander


270 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Over the past two decades, the role of business in global governance has become increasingly topical. Transnational business associations are progressively more visible in international policy debates and in intergovernmental institutions, and there is a heightened attention given to global policy-making in national and international business communities.

This text examines and explains the multiple modes of engagement between business and global governance; it presents a variety of theoretical approaches which can be used to analyse them, along with empirical illustrations. Featuring a range of leading US and European scholars, it is divided into three parts that summarize different modes of engagement. Each section is illustrated by two or three studies that represent a distinct theoretical take on the issue with empirical illustrations. The book examines:

  • Business as master and purpose of global governance
  • Business as subject and opponent to global governance
  • Business as partner and facilitator of global governance

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Business Studies, International Relations, International Politics and International Political Economy, as well as for practitioners – in the public and private sector.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Business and Global Governance - Morten Ougaard Part I: Business as Master of Global Governance 2. Direct and Indirect Influence at the World Intellectual Property Organization - Christopher May 3. Practices (Re)Producing Orders: Understanding the Role of Business in Global Security Governance - Anna Leander 4. Unthinking the Gats: A Radical Political Economy Critique of Private Transnational Governance - A. Claire Cutler Part II: Business as Subject to Global Governance 5. Business and Global Climate Governance: A Neo-Pluralist Perspective - Robert Falkner 6. Governing Corruption through the Global Corporation - Hans Krause Hansen 7. Transnational Governance Networks in The Regulation of Finance – The Making of Global Regulation and Supervision Standards in the Banking Industry - Eleni Tsingou 8. Non-Triad Multinationals and Global Governance: Still A North-South Conflict? - Andreas Nölke and Heather Taylor Part III: Business as Partner in Global Governance 9. Rethinking Multilateralism: Global Governance and Public-Private Partnerships with the UN - Benedicte Bull 10. Iso and The Success of Regulation through Voluntary Consensus - Craig N. Murphy and Joanne Yates 11. Beyond the Boardroom: "Multilocation" and the Business Face of Celebrity Diplomacy - Andrew F. Cooper 12. Variations in Corporate Norm-Entrepreneurship: Why the Home State Matters - Anne Flohr, Lothar Rieth, Sandra Schwindenhammer, and Klaus Dieter Wolf

About the Editors

Morten Ougaard is Professor of International Political Economy, and Director of the International Business and Politics Program at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He is the co-editor of Towards a Global Polity - also published by Routledge.

Anna Leander is Professor of International Political Economy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. She is the co-editor of Constructivism and International Relations: Wendt and his Critics - also published by Routledge.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Globalisation

The Routledge Studies in Globalisation series is edited by André Broome (University of Warwick, UK) and Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark).

Based in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick (, the Routledge Studies in Globalisation series examines key questions related to the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. The Series has an interdisciplinary focus and publishes research that is methodologically and theoretically rigorous and which advances knowledge about the changing dynamics of globalisation and regionalisation, global governance and global order, and global civil society.

Associate Editors:

Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Richard Higgott, University of Warwick, UK

Manuela Moschella, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Helen Nesadurai, Monash University, Malaysia

Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions