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Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance

Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance

Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and Henry W. Lambright

This collection explores the frontiers of knowledge at the intersection of public administration and international relations scholarship. The culturally, generationally and academically diverse team of editors stake a meaningful claim in this burgeoning field by bringing together an international group of top and emerging scholars who think and research at this intersection. The acceleration of global governance arrangements presents a new sphere of public administration beyond the nation-state, and a new set of challenges for national and local governments that have gone unexplored. Public administration scholarship has essentially ignored the thousands of international and transboundary organizations that have become critical to the creation and implementation of global policy. This book highlights a broad range of research topics and approaches to help illustrate the expansive contours of relevant inquiry and to advance research in the field. There is no other collection that considers the broad context of globalizing public administration and the many institutional and governance forms entailed.

Chapter 6: Global rulemaking and institutional forms

Jonathan G.S. Koppell

Subjects: politics and public policy, public administration and management, public policy


The focus of this chapter is on a subset of organizations of interest to public administration scholars: rulemaking bodies – entities that produce any kind of standards, regulations or rules intended to govern the behaviour of others (as opposed to directly producing goods and services). I refer to these entities, performing this function in the transnational context, as global governance organizations since they are systematically ordering the behavior of those beyond the organization itself. In the domestic context, these transnational rulemaking bodies are incredibly influential. They are omnipresent and touch every sphere of human activity. As a field, public administration has recognized the importance of global rulemaking but generally has not embraced the transnational rulemaking (global governance) realm. One will find a rich literature on transnational organization theory and practice flowing from the fields of political science, organization studies and international business management, but relatively little direct contribution from public administration scholars (Welch and Wong, 1998). One reason this occurs is that it has been unclear how to integrate the study of international organizations into our broader studies of administration and organizational design. Important questions confront traditional notions of public administration as the topic of study shifts from domestic to international stages.

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