Title: 'The challenge is who rules the world': accounts and implications of transnational governance interactions

Authors: Victoria Pagan

Addresses: Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SE, UK

Abstract: Increased global interconnectivity has encouraged a prevalence of forums that seek to organise and facilitate action towards transnational governance. A body of work has examined such global forums and the theoretical contexts in which they operate but there is little which examines the dynamic interactions through these forums. This article explores the social, political and corporate struggles in the interactions through two global forums, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the World Social Forum (WSF). These forums are pathways through which corporate, political and social actors struggle to negotiate transnational governance as a mechanism for corporate responsibility. The article shows the lived experiences of those interacting to set goals and agendas for corporate responsibility and offers an analysis of how the agenda of transnational governance is negotiated, who is involved and the drivers and shapers of this interaction.

Keywords: corporate responsibility; multi-stakeholder interactions; global governance; global forums; transnational governance; World Economic Forum; WEF; World Social Forum; WSF.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBGE.2020.110787

International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 2020 Vol.14 No.4, pp.344 - 362

Accepted: 13 May 2019
Published online: 25 Aug 2020 *

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