Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance

On January 15-16, 2015, ESADEgeo (ESADE Business School’s Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics) and IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals) are jointly organizing an international workshop to discuss how ‘the public’ and ‘the private’ are are related in current structures of global governance.

Aims and Focus of the Workshop

Global  governance  is  constructed  by  both  public  and  private  actors.  Governments  have  created international  institutions  and  transgovernmental  networks;  companies  have  established  self – regulatory structures;   civil society and business organizations have been active in norm – setting  and monitoring. They have joined forces in various hybrid organizations, which collaborate and compete with  each  other,  and  all  perform  functions  in  the  many  regulatory  spaces  that  include  institutions and actors of various origins. At the same time, many privately ‐ created bodies claim to provide public goods,  while  many  institutions  of  public  origin  are  criticized  for  pursuing  private  gains  or  for  being strongly  influenced  by  private  interests.  As  a  result,  the  boundaries  between  public  and  private  in global  governance  have  become  blurred,  and  the  classical  public/private  distinction  –  central  to structuring  our  understanding  of  domestic  government  –  is  under  increasing  pressure.

The aim of the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance is to provide a venue for the study of global governance from an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together scholarship from international relations, law, sociology, public administration and history.


Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance. Summary of the second day at ESADE. (edition 2013)