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18:00 - 19:00 24 March 2015

Some guiding principles for the assessment of the democratic anchorage of the transnational multi-stakeholder initiatives


G6 Lecture Theatre - Institute of Archaeology | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Ioannis Papadopoulos, Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques et Internationales
Prof David Coen, Chair, Head of the Institute of Global Governance

Private rules are witnessing global expansion, and many governance arrangements have been established at the transnational level with the aim of setting standards and certifying compliance with them. Multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) involving firms, public organizations, NGOs and other actors are part of this trend. There is a need to check whether rule-making by MSIs is compatible with principles of democratic governance, and to identify the most crucial theoretically grounded research questions that must be answered empirically for such an assessment. The core questions relate to the ex ante authorization of MSIs, representation and decisional influence in MSIs, and MSIs’ ex post accountability. Although the strength of democratic anchorage of MSIs results from a combination of factors, an adequate accountability “regime” is crucial for the democratic control of MSIs.


Monica Barbone
+44 (0)20 3108 9289 | m.barbone@ucl.ac.uk