1st Edition

Global Governance Enterprises
Creating Multisector Collaborations

ISBN 9781138712898
Published November 8, 2016 by Routledge
292 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

USD $69.95

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Book Description

Global Governance Enterprises focuses on a specific multi-sector collaboration—the formation of an entity that carries out global governance—providing a detailed analysis of the context of their emergence, as well as how they are created, managed, and sustained.

Forrer considers the growing challenges to successful global governance and the role of multi-sector collaborations in overcoming these challenges, arguing that such partnerships should be considered successful only when they meet specific conditions that ensure they are “doing well” and “doing good.” By establishing a coherent framework to define global governance enterprises across a wide span of sectors, the book develops a strong theoretical foundation for this type of partnership and provides the reader with an understanding of the practical, operational realities of organizing, financing, and sustaining global governance enterprises. It includes a full section of case studies, ranging from healthcare to environmental organizations, providing practical insight into this form of governance and its function.

This book should be on the shelf of any professional or student interested in global governance, public–private partnerships, or public management.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Evolving Global Governance Landscape  1. Globalization, Global Policy and Global Governance  2. The Rise of Multi-Sector Alliances  3. Emergence of Global Governance Enterprises  Part II: Global Governance Enterprises in Practice  4. Case Study - R4 Rural Resilience Initiative  5. Case Study - Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases  6. Case Study - Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Chapter  7. Case Study - Mhealth Alliance  8. Case Study - The Rainforest Alliance  9. Understanding Global Governance Enterprises  Part III: A Brave New World - Creating GGEs  10. The Essential Role of Global Governance Entrepreneurs  11. Phase One - Visioning Change (No Solutions Need Apply)  12. Phase Two - What Will Be Different?  13. Phase Three - Leverage Existing Governance Capacities  14. Phase Four - Create and Capture Value  15. Phase Five - Design and Collaborate  16. GGEs on the Global Governance Landscape

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John J. Forrer is Associate Research Professor in the Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy, and Director of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility at The George Washington University, USA. His expertise includes CSR and global governance, public–private partnerships, governance networks, and globalization.


Global governance is here to stay. Challenges facing our modern world are far beyond the capacity of single nations to handle and overcome. This book is about seeking new balance in a chaotic world. It is an excellent assembly of provoking ideas, critical views and examples on building new global arrangements. An essential reading for those who study, examine and simply care about safeguarding civilization by new enterprises of collaboration in a global realm of perplexity.

Eran Vigoda-Gadot, The University of Haifa, Israel

With globalization increasing the interdependence of governments, NGOs and private firms responsible for delivering services and conducting business and policy across borders, John Forrer’s Global Governance Enterprises offers seasoned experts and newcomers to these ideas an accessible and compelling overview of the causes and consequences of globalization. Applied to very specific contexts, the booksees a way through the complexity in the development of enterprise networks.

Christopher Koliba, University of Vermont, USA

John Forrer’s book brings needed illumination to the uncommon collaborations now becoming common—partnerships to solve societal challenges, amongst civil society, the private sector, and sometimes government. New skills and knowledge are needed to make these partnerships effective and John Forrer shows us the way.

Tensie Whelan, NYU Stern, Center for Sustainable Business, USA

John Forrer's thoughtful and in-depth analysis of global governance enterprises highlights, in a clear and succinct manner, real opportunities for state and non-state actors to make a positive impact on society. Today's global challenges cannot be solved by one government or entity alone - they require multi-level collaboration across sectors and regions. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) can best be achieved through innovative partnerships and alliances, combined with a transparent and robust governance mechanism. Forrer's book is an excellent pathfinder and a must read for all disciplines. I applaud him for this important work. 

Amir A. Dossal, President, Global Partnerships Forum, USA