Dilemmas from climate change to financial meltdowns make it clear that global interconnectedness is the norm in the twenty-first century. As a result, 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. These GGOs create and promulgate rules to address a host of pressing problems. But as "World Rule" reveals, they struggle to meet two challenges: building authority despite limited ability to impose sanctions and maintaining legitimacy while satisfying the demands of key constituencies whose support is essential to a global rulemaking regime.
Through a novel empirical study of twenty-five GGOs, Jonathan GS Koppell provides a clearer picture of the compromises within and the competition among these influential institutions by focusing attention on their organizational design. Analyzing four aspects of GGO organization in depth--representation and administration, the rulemaking process, adherence and enforcement, and interest group participation--Koppell describes variation systemically, identifies patterns, and offers explanations that link GGO design to the fundamental challenge of accountability in global governance.
"World Rule is ambitious, engaging, and well-researched; it will be a major contribution to the literature on international organizations and global governance more broadly." - Steven Bernstein, University of Toronto"