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.