Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Multi-stakeholder partnerships as an alternative form of global governance: When do they work?

The 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development produced agreement on the importance of transnational multi-stakeholder partnerships as vehicles for promoting sustainable development, as an alternative to sclerotic UN institutions.  Over three hundred partnerships have been formally established.  But are they effective, and if so, why?  In the current issue of Governance (24.4, October 2011), Kacper Szulecki, Philipp Pattberg, and Frank Biermann examine these questions.  “Positive expectations that were placed on multi-stakeholder partnerships . . . have hardly been met,” the authors conclude.  A key determinant of success is institutionalization of the partnership through an executive board and permanent secretariat.  Ironically, the organizational form of effective partnerships “hardly differs from the standard structure of intergovernmental organizations.”  Read more: Explaining Variation in the Effectiveness of Transnational Energy Partnerships.

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November 22, 2011 at 1:34 am

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