Handbook on Theories of Governance
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Handbook on Theories of Governance

Edited by Christopher Ansell and Jacob Torfing

In the past two decades, governance theories have arisen semi-independently across multiple disciplines. In law and regulation, planning, democratic theory, economics, public management, and international relations, among other disciplines, scholars have sought to describe new strategies of governing. As a result, the notion of governance is now one of the most frequently used social science concepts in the world. No single theory encompasses this diverse body of work, but rather multiple theories with different aims and perspectives. The Handbook on Theories of Governance collects these theories of governance together as an analytical resource for governing in an increasingly complex, fragmented and dynamic society.
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Chapter 38: Private governance

Marija Isailovic and Philipp Pattberg


Private governance has proliferated in world politics, operating alongside formal regulatory systems by engaging in rule-making, promotion and implementation of norms, monitoring and verification, adjudication of compliance, and the imposition of sanctions. The rise of private forms of governance raises two basic questions for the study of global governance. First, what explains the emergence and proliferation of private governance? Second, what are the consequences of private governance on the effectiveness and legitimacy of global governance? Accordingly, after introducing private governance as an emerging concept in scholarly debates on transforming world politics as well as elaborating on different sets of actors engaged in private regulation, this chapter summarizes key insights into the emergence of private governance and its consequences for the effectiveness and legitimacy of global governance and concludes with the lessons learned and avenues for further research.

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