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7 - Cross-cutting issues

Leader: WZB Berlin Social Science Center


The analysis of the four fields above is meant to inform the project on the regimes, processes and institutions at play in some of the most important global governance issues of the 21st century, as well as on the place and contribution of the EU. Understanding how these individual components interact and constitute a system of global governance with significant implications for states’ and, indeed, citizens’ responses is critical. One particularly important question we seek to understand is the extent to which the growing political authority of global governance institutions fuels their politicisation and calls for more legitimacy and accountability by state and non-state actors alike. While not precluding the discovery of unexpected systematic challenges during the research process, we focus on three broad types of challenges to authoritative governance institutions: to building resilient and sustainable policies, to institutional effectiveness, and to institutional legitimacy and accountability. In line with the goals of WP2, we aim to integrate qualitative and quantitative measurements of IOs. We will extend and supplement an existing WZB database on public authority of international organizations with information and data generated by the GLOBE project. To better understand the myriad challenges to global governance, information both on formal-legal authority frameworks as well as how authority is exercised informally through governance institutions must be on hand. Information on the former will be integrated into the WZB database, while more fine-grained data on informal authority processes and outcomes will be collected through the planned surveys across work packages and big data collection and analysis. The cumulative effort of identifying and explaining cross-cutting challenges stemming from the global governance system, coupled with a cross-sectoral assessment of IO public authority will result in an analysis grid providing concrete guidance to EU policy-makers wishing to design adequate response strategies to managing a range of global challenges. The WP’s objectives are to:

  • Summarize, identify and present through integration and expansion of the WZB and GLOBE database a comparative cross-cutting analysis grid of the global challenges contained in Cluster 1 and in the global governance system.
  • Analyse how global governance apparatuses are contributing to building sustainable and resilient societies.
  • Analyse challenges linked to the effectiveness of global governance.
  • Analyse challenges linked to legitimacy and accountability in global governance.

Michael Zürn - WZB Berlin Social Science Center, WP7 Leader

Reports Work Package 7 - Cross-cutting issues in global governance