Call for Papers

Guiding Questions and Debates

The 2014 edition of the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance will focus on the relational nature of global governance, mainly on network approaches. Network approaches have become increasing attractive in recent years for framing and understanding the particular institutional structures of global governance. They draw insights from governance trends at the domestic level, while simultaneously highlighting differences. The aim of the 2014 workshop is to examine the potential and limitations of network approaches, as well as the challenges that networked governance at the global level can pose in terms of effectiveness, accountability and democracy.

With this overarching aim in mind, the workshop will focus on the following questions:

  • Which network and organizational forms do global institutions adopt in order to facilitate cooperation in solving global problems?
  • To what extent do network approaches help us to understand the structure of global governance?
  • How do governance networks at the global and transnational level differ from those at the national level?
  • How can global governance networks be held accountable?
  • What role does power play in networked governance at the global level?

Contributions from all related disciplines are welcome.

Submission of Proposals

Abstract proposals should not exceed 500 words in length and should include further ideas for discussion.  Preferred format for all submissions is PDF.

Please send your proposal as an attachment to and insert “Submission: Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance” as the subject line of the message.

The deadline for abstracts is 27 September 2013. All proposals will undergo peer review and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 18 October 2013. Full papers are expected to be delivered by 3 January 2014 to be ready for circulation.

Format of the Workshop

The Workshop will last two days and take place in Barcelona. The first day will be held at IBEI and the second day at ESADE Business School. Attendance will be open to interested researchers, students and practitioners.

Confirmed keynote practitioner speeches include Narcís Serra (former Spanish Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister) and Javier Solana (former NATO Secretary General and EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy). Confirmed keynote academic speaches include Deborah Avant (University of Denver), Miles E. Kahler (University of California San Diego) and Magnus Thor Torfasson (Harvard Business School). Their contributions will provide an opportunity to bring together scholars and practitioners.

Limited financial support is available to selected authors. Detailed arrangements will be made upon acceptance. Practical guidelines on the logistics of the conference will be provided at a later stage.

We would appreciate it if you could circulate this call for papers among your colleagues and other potentially interested parties. For more information, please contact Xavier Fernández i Marín at