Transdisciplinarity Governance and the Common Good

  • François LépineuxEmail author
  • Jean-Jacques Rosé
Part of the Virtues and Economics book series (VIEC, volume 1)


Humanity has entered into a stage of its evolution characterized by world unification in a number of domains – a stage which may be called the ‘era of globality’. Many issues become global in nature, and the question of the preservation of global common goods is challenging. In order to address current global issues, we need to change our way of thinking: the advent of the era of globality calls for complex and transdisciplinary approaches. It also requires new governance mechanisms to deal with the scale and complexity of global problems. The main argument of the chapter is that based on the principle of subsidiarity, multi-level governance mechanisms should be developed to preserve global common goods. Water provides a relevant illustration of the need for developing such mechanisms. A multi-level, transdisciplinary model is proposed for the governance of water.


Corporate Social Responsibility Business Ethic Gross Domestic Product Common Good Global Governance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rennes School of BusinessRennesFrance
  2. 2.Centre Norbert Elias EHESS-CNRSMarseilleFrance

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