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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds What is global governance? You would be hard pressed to find one commonly accepted definition. In this course, we follow the most consensual definition of the term. Namely, global governance is the sum of the many ways individuals and institutions, public and private, manage their common affairs, as long as those affairs have effect or implications beyond national borders. This is a very broad definition that we need to unpack in this course. It includes the activities of formal international organisation, as well as informal arrangements and practises by firms of people. It includes legally enforceable rules, as well as procedures that can be voluntarily followed by various actors.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds In terms of processes, global governance can be visible to the general public when state representatives meet in high level meetings or largely invisible when it occurs within the walls of technical agencies or through large networks of experts in the world. The visibility or invisibility of governance processes hardly correlates with the visibility of the output. Highly visible and politicised meetings often produce no tangible result, whereas the work of networks of experts may come out very visibly on your personal electronic device or piece of furniture. It is time to adjust your focus to the diversity of governance processes.

A definition of global governance

Let’s now turn to a general definition of the concept of global governance.

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