The Handbook of Transnational GovernanceInstitutions and Innovations
The Handbook of Transnational Governance
Institutions and Innovations
When we speak of global governance today, we no longer mean simply state-to-state diplomacy, international treaties, or intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations. Alongside these ‘traditional' elements of global politics are a host of new institutions ranging from global networks of governmental officials, to private codes of conduct for corporations, to action-oriented partnerships of NGOs, governments, corporations, and other actors. These innovative mechanisms offer intriguing solutions to pressing transnational challenges as diverse as climate change, financial governance, workers' rights, and public health. But they also raise new questions about the effectiveness and legitimacy of transnational governance.

An expanding body of scholarship has sought to identify and assess these new forms of governance, but this young body of work has lacked a sense of the larger picture. This volume seeks to fill that need by presenting a comprehensive overview of new forms of transnational governance. This resource is essential for those who want to explain why transborder governance has changed and to understand what implications these changes have for global politics.

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Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors.


1. Editors' Introduction: Mapping Changes in Transnational Governance (Thomas N. Hale and David Held).

Transgovernmental Networks.


2. Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Kevin Young).

3. Financial Action Task Force (Ian Roberge).

4. Financial Stability Board (Randall Germain).

5. Group of Twenty (Jon Kirton).

6. Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information (Tony Porter and Veronica Rubio Vega).

7. International Accounting Standards Board (Andreas Nölke).

8. International Association of Insurance Supervisors (Donato Masciandaro).

9. International Competition Network (Marie-Laure Djelic).

10. International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for the Registration of Pharmaceutical Products (Dimitris Katsikas).

11. International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (Durwood Zaelke, Kenneth Markowitz, and Meredith R. Koparova).

12. Joint Forum (Kevin Young).

13. Transnational Policing (Monica den Boer).

Arbitration bodies.


14. Citizen Submission Process of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (Thomas Hale).

15. Independent Accountability Mechanisms at Regional Development Banks (Danny Bradlow and Andria Naude Fourie).

16. Transnational Commercial Arbitration (Dirk Lehmkuhl).

17. World Bank Inspection Panel (Thomas Hale).

Multistakeholder initiatives.


18. Framework Convention Alliance (Ross MacKenzie).

19. Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Johanna Hanefeld).

20. Global Polio Eradication Initiative (Mathias Koenig-Archibugi).

21. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Jonathan Koppell).

22. International Coral Reef Initiative (Radoslav Dimitrov).

23. International Health Partnership and IHP+ (Anna Holzscheiter).

24. Multistakeholder Involvement in UN Conferences (Kathrin Böhling).

25. World Commission on Dams (Navroz Dubash).

Voluntary Regulations.


26. Carbon Disclosure Project (Eun-Hee Kim and Thomas P. Lyon).

27. Codex Alimentarius (Tim Büthe and Nathaniel Harris).

28. Equator Principles (Christopher Wright).

29. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (Helmut Weidner).

30. Fair Labor Association (Kate MacDonald).

31. Fair Trade (Kate MacDonald).

32. Clean Clothes Campaign (Niklas Egels-Zanden).

33. Forest Stewardship Council (Philipp Pattberg).

34. Global Corporate Governance Principles (Andrew Baker).

35. Global Reporting Initiative (Halina Szejnwald Brown).

36. International Standards Organization (Jonathan Koppell).

37. International Standards Organization 14001 (Matthew Potoski and Elizabeth Elwakeil).

38. Kimberly Process (Carola Kantz).

39. Marine Stewardship Council (Thomas Hale).

40. OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (Elisa Morgera).

41. Partnering against Corruption Initiative and the Business Principles for Countering Bribery (David Hess).

42. Responsible Care (Ivan Montiel).

43. Rugmark (Mathias Koenig-Archibugi).

44. Social Accountability International (Rainer Braun).

45. International Council of Toy Industries Code of Conduct (Reinhard Biedermann).

46. United Nations Global Compact (Thomas Hale).

47. Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (Chip Pitts).

48. Worker Rights Consortium (Robert J.S. Ross).

Finance Mechanisms.


49. Carbon Offsets (Jessica F. Green).

50. Financing mechanisms for climate change mitigation (Charlotte Streck).

51. Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (Andrew Harmer and Carlos Bruen).

52. UNITAID (Anna Holzscheiter).

About the Author
Thomas Hale is a PhD candidate at Princeton University.

David Held, is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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"A stellar assessment."
Central European Journal of International and Security Studies

"This new handbook could not be more timely. For teachers and students of international governance, diplomats and policy-makers, foreign policy gurus and political scientists - and dare one suggest, elected politicians - it is a book that should be seen as an indispensable reference to understanding the challenges ahead and the context in which they work, and it will give them an insight into the nature of the multipolar world of which they must attempt to make sense."
Journal of Contemporary European Studies

"Essential for those who want to explain why transborder governance has changed and to understand what implications these changes have for global politics. Never has such a broad sample of institutional innovations been gathered together, and such an empirical baseline is needed for sound theorizing of the causes and effects of innovations in transnational governance."
Sir ReadaLot

"A comprehensive starting-point for understanding the complex array of organizations, associations, and networks engaged in contemporary transnational governance. It shows us much about what we know and don't know - particularly about the impact of these novel arrangements. This volume can help to set the agenda for a new generation of scholarship on the politics of complex interdependence."
Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University

"The configuration of a multipolar world without the tools to fuel transnational efficiency and legitimacy is highly risky. This brilliant and comprehensive volume enriches previous research on the transformations of governance in the international community and it is essential for those seeking to understand the challenges ahead and their impact on world politics."
Javier Solana, President of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics, former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy

"An indispensable reference for anyone interested in global cooperation and problem-solving in the 21st century. By documenting multiple forms of transnational governance, from transgovernmental networks to multi-stakeholder coalitions to voluntary codes of conduct, the book describes a growing global infrastructure of regulation and enforcement. The authors also include arbitral bodies, which undergird a public-private system of law enforcement that is familiar to lawyers but is all too often left out by political scientists. I can't imagine anyone teaching or writing about this subject without consulting this book."
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University, former Director of Policy Planning, US State Department

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