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Dean's book addresses global governance

October 07, 2010

Jonathan Koppell's timely new book "World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy, and the Design of Global Governance" (Chicago Press) wrestles with a question bedeviling efforts to address many global problems.

Koppell, a former Fellow at the New America Foundation and Yale faculty member, is the recently-appointed dean of the Public Affairs School at ASU.

Whether the subject is climate change, financial meltdowns, Internet freedom or intellectual property rights, the reality of global interconnectedness has far outpaced our ability to govern across borders. So-called "global governance organizations (GGOs)" – from the World Trade Organization to the Forest Stewardship Council – have taken on prominent roles in the management of international affairs, seeking to set standards and promulgate rules. But, as "World Rule" explores, these organizations struggle mightily against the gravitational pull of national sovereignty.

How can global governance organizations gain sufficient legitimacy and power to be effective, without antagonizing their stakeholders?  The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the ASU Washington Center, located at 1834 Connecticut Avenue, NW.

Koppell is director of ASU's School of Public Affairs. He is the author of "The Politics of Quasi-Government: Hybrid Organizations and the Dynamics of Bureaucratic Control" and served on the faculty of the Yale School of Management for 10 years.

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