The future of Global Governance in the age of Trump

Prof. Dr. Tarık OĞUZLU
17 February 2017
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The subject of global governance is all about the efforts to find solutions to various problems of global life through the participation of multiple actors within multilateral frameworks in horizontal structures. Different from government, governance requires cooperation of various actors in horizontal structures which have developed a high degree of global consciousness and responsibility among each other. At stake here is to come up with global solutions to global problems and challenges in different issue areas, such as security, finance, trade, development, climate change, environment, migration, etc.


Increasing attempts in the name of global governance can be made sense of in reference to both liberal and realist International Relations perspectives. From a liberal perspective, global governance requires the existence of a global community of humankind which shares common universal values and consciousness. Putting human beings at a higher ethical position than nation-states and assuming that people of different belongings can cooperate in case of common identities and values, liberalism holds that global governance would take strong root in parallel to the shrinking of the world and intensification of interdependent and transnational relations beyond traditional state boundaries. The growing primacy of non-state actors in global governance can be well understood from a liberal perspective because liberalism assumes that the world is bigger than states and unitary state assumption does not hold true in the age of globalism.


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