Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and Henry W. Lambright
Introduction: public administration and international relations – converging on a new research frontier
There is now a vast collection of global and regional institutions, non-governmental organizations, ad hoc groups and advocacy networks engaged in activities to advance policy goals across a broadening range of public issues. With the rise of this new ‘governance architecture’ (Biermann and Siebenhüner, 2009) and its associated bureaucracies, there is a new crop of global public professionals – largely hidden from public view – working to formulate and implement public policy in a transnational context. Together, these groups are active in global governance, a term defined most broadly by Finkelstein (1995, p. 369) as ‘governing, without sovereign authority, relationships that transcend national boundaries . . . doing internationally what governments do at home.’ This definition of global governance makes it clear that it is an area suitable for the study of public administration since there is leadership and management of public-serving organizations and implementation of public policy.