Conclusion. Rethinking Global Governance

It is now axiomatic to say that global governance has evolved beyond the conventional notion of multilateral agreements negotiated by states. New forms of global governance have emerged in the wake of states’ failure to adequately address many pressing problems. Yet, these global governance structures are poorly understood, fueling calls for new frameworks that explain: (l) the different ways global authority is structured and exercised; (2) how power is distributed and exercised within these structures; (3) how national and local systems intersect with and push against these structures; (4) how interests are articulated and pursued; (5) how global governance systems change; and (6) the causes and drivers of change (Weiss and Wilkinson 2014). This book answered this call by providing a framework for understanding a global governance structure that commonly forms around local-cumulative problems like deforestation, poverty, disease, and climate change. I call this grassroots global governance.

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