The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies

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Global Governance

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The rise of global governance was a reaction to several developments that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century. These interrelated developments include the end of the Cold War, economic liberalization and privatization, economic, cultural, and technical globalization, the movement of people, goods, and services, the rising agency of nonstate actors, the interdependence between nonstate actors and states, and the densification and juridification of international relations. These developments have contributed to the growing perception that there are problems and challenges that can no longer be dealt with by states or existing international organizations only, because they cross borders and levels, thereby becoming transnational or global challenges (The Commission on Global Governance 1995). Besides the urge to globally respond to global challenges, the feeling of a “shared responsibility” (Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance 2015, xv) is a...


Nonstate actors States International institutions Norms Globalization Privatization Authority Legitimacy Democracy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International RelationsUniversity of GiessenGiessenGermany