The only way most states can realize and express their
sovereignty is through participation in the regimes that
make up the substance of international life.
—Abram Chayes and Antonia Handler Chayes1
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE THROUGH GOVERNMENT NETWORKS IS GOOD PUBLIC policy for the world and good national foreign policy for the United States, the European Union, APEC members, and all developing countries seeking to participate in global regulatory processes and needing to strengthen their capacity for domestic governance. Even in their current form, government networks promote convergence, compliance with international agreements, and improved cooperation among nations on a wide range of regulatory and judicial issues. A world order self-consciously created out of horizontal and vertical government networks could go much further. It could create a genuine global rule of law without centralized global institutions and could engage, socialize, support, and constrain government officials of every type in every nation. In this future, we could see disaggregated government institutions—the members of government networks—as actual bearers of a measure of sovereignty, strengthening them still further, but also sub-