The Market or the Public Domain? Global Governance and the Asymmetry of Power

By Daniel Drache | Go to book overview

4

Policy domain or public domain at a time of globalization

Simon Reich


Introduction

'Globalization', we are repeatedly told, challenges the governance capacities of the State and weakens sovereignty over decision making. 1 Some conclude that globalization represents a natural progression towards a 'borderless' world, 2 signalling the end of the modern international state system as we know it. The capacity for governance has been truncated, with finance just providing a leading example of a broader trend. 3 In its place we are offered a view of a complex world of state and non-state actors who share governance functions and are bound by a series of social norms and institutional linkages that transcend national borders. 4

For others, the concept is over-stated and its influences are exaggerated. Rather than a structural change in the nature of capitalism beyond the scope of any individual actors, it is a subterfuge to justify the abolition of the welfare state. 5 States may choose to delegate authority rather than simply having it taken from them.

Central to these two perspectives is the contrasting response to questions concerning the effect of globalization on the emergence of alternative governance or authority structures, especially in the non-governmental and the corporate world, that compete with states. Yet state and non-state authority clearly exists in a more contingent, interactive and dynamic manner. Governance has changed, becoming increasingly conditional in character - with varied resulting capacities for states to deal with newly emergent issues.

The idea of the public domain, in a sense, intrudes on this debate by implying that governance structures are shared through social networks. Invocation of the term begs some questions. Under what conditions and in which ways do states retain influence? Furthermore, how and under what conditions are state and non-state actors tied together? What are the dynamics and contingencies of governance structures under globalization? Most importantly, in this context, what 'happens' to the public domain as a mechanism of cohesion protecting civil society - and linking state, society and economy - here? Its protective capacities seem, in certain instances, to disappear. If so, how can we reconcile the apparent eclipse of the public domain in many countries in the

-113-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Market or the Public Domain? Global Governance and the Asymmetry of Power
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 394

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.