Private Organisations in Global Politics

Private Organisations in Global Politics

Private Organisations in Global Politics

Private Organisations in Global Politics

Synopsis

Private Organisation in Global Politics is a groundbreaking study which brings together a broad range of case-studies to examine the role and character of private organisations in the process of political globalization. Focusing on areas such as human rights organisations, the international women's movement and the combating of disease, the panel of expert contributors investigate the function of these in relation to governance in the globalizing world.

Excerpt

International politics and the study of organizations have been conventional areas of political science for decades and systematic research in these areas has made considerable progress. the inconspicuous observer might conclude from these long-established practices that the examination of the role and position of private organizations in international politics constitutes a recognized field of interest. Until recently this was not the case. Virtually each and every institute of political science still has distinct departments for public administration and comparative politics as well as for international relations. Scholars from these different areas used to concentrate on their own approaches and interests, exchanging findings and insights only incidentally. a state-oriented approach dominated the field of international relations, focusing on contacts between autonomous states as the major topic, whereas the study of organizations was left mainly to comparativists and policy analysts interested in differences and similarities within states. and although the rise of international organizations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was widely recognized as an important development, the Cold War underlined the relevance of national states for studying international relations and security, just as the reinvention of corporatist decision-making processes and the revival of communitarian ideas emphasized the need to analyse private organizations within specific national contexts.

As usual, societal and political developments gradually made the conventional academic distinctions and divisions of labour inept. the bipolar system of independent states grouped in a very limited number of blocks dissolved with the crumble of the Soviet Union, and “globalization” became the fashionable term to characterize a world where communication, mobilization, trade and exchanges are no longer restrained by national borders and regulations. in this world, private organizations increasingly co-ordinated their activities with similar organizations abroad and—what is more important—they were increasingly converted into organizations acting on a global scale. National states and their traditional organizations, then, are confronted with a wide variety of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which represent an astonishing range of

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