Global Governance and Democracy

Global Governance and Democracy

A Multidisciplinary Analysis

Leuven Global Governance series

Edited by Jan Wouters, Antoon Braekman, Matthias Lievens and Emilie Bécault

Globalization needs effective global governance. The important question of whether this governance can also become democratic is, however, the subject of a political and academic debate that began only recently. This multidisciplinary book aims to move this conversation forward by drawing insights from international relations, political theory, international law and international political economy. Focusing on global environmental, economic, security and human rights governance, it sheds new light on the democratic deficit of existing global governance structures, and proposes a number of tools to overcome it.

Chapter 4: Democratizing global environmental governance? The case of transnational climate governance

Emilie Bécault

Subjects: economics and finance, political economy, law - academic, regulation and governance, politics and public policy, international politics, international relations, political economy, regulation and governance


Since the mid-1990s, ‘governance’ has become a key organizing concept in studies of global-scale environmental policy-making. In its broadest sense, the term is used to characterize and assess the plethora of formal and informal mechanisms and instruments purposely established to deal with a host of global environmental threats including global climate change, the loss of the earth’s biodiversity, deforestation, desertification, the spread of toxic chemicals, and ozone layer depletion. But as witnessed in other areas of global concern (for example, human rights, global poverty, international peace and security), a more restricted notion of governance typically serves as a useful counterpoint, or, if not, a complement to the traditional state-centred regime approach in international relations (IR). By drawing attention to non-hierarchical, hybrid, and network-like forms of governing, a narrow definition unveils a more pluralistic vision of the international order, which, unlike the mainstream theories in IR such as neoliberalism and neorealism, neither posits international anarchy nor the primacy of sovereign state authority (Hurrell 2007, 3).

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information