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GLOBE Webinar | The Ebb and Flow of Global Governance

Thursday January 14, 2021, from 15:00 to 16:00
Research seminar

Alexandru Grigorescu (Loyola University Chicago)

Webinar available in video:

Alexandru Grigorescu (Loyola University Chicago) joins the GLOBE Webinar Series to discuss his new book, "The Ebb and Flow of Global Governance: Intergovernmentalism Versus Nongovernmentalism in World Politics" (Cambridge 2020). Jacint Jordana (Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals) will offer some reflections to kick off the discussion before a Q&A with the audience.

The GLOBE Webinar Series – The Future of Global Governance – presents the latest and most cutting-edge research in global governance and gives audience members the opportunity to directly engage with leading scholars in the field. Each webinar focuses on a significant new book that has potential to shape future thought on global governance, featuring a presentation by the author, an intervention from an expert discussant, and a Q&A session with the audience.

Participation is free and the webinar can be joined from anywhere in the world. Access the GLOBE Webinar Channel and check the featured videos for the past webinars

About the book: The Ebb and Flow of Global Governance challenges the traditionally dichotomous distinction between international intergovernmental organizations and international nongovernmental organizations. Alexandru Grigorescu argues that international organizations are best understood as falling on an 'intergovernmental-nongovernmental continuum'. The placement of organizations on this continuum is determined by how much government involvement factors into their decision-making, financing, and deliberations. Using this fine-grained conceptualization, Grigorescu uncovers numerous changes in the intergovernmental versus nongovernmental nature of global governance over the past century and a half. These changes are due primarily to ideological and institutional domestic shifts in powerful states. The Ebb and Flow of Global Governance assesses the plausibility of these arguments through archival research on a dozen organizations from the global health, labor, and technical standards realms. Grigorescu concludes that there has been a continuous ebb and flow in world politics, rather than an inexorable movement towards greater roles for nongovernmental actors, as existing literature argues.

About the author: Alexandru Grigorescu is a professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of 'Democratic Intergovernmental Organizations?' (Cambridge, 2015). Prior to his academic career he worked as a diplomat in the Romanian Foreign Ministry and at the United Nations.

Discussant: Jacint Jordana (IBEI)

Moderator: Kari Otteburn (KU Leuven)

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