Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance
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Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance

Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and Henry W. Lambright

This collection explores the frontiers of knowledge at the intersection of public administration and international relations scholarship. The culturally, generationally and academically diverse team of editors stake a meaningful claim in this burgeoning field by bringing together an international group of top and emerging scholars who think and research at this intersection. The acceleration of global governance arrangements presents a new sphere of public administration beyond the nation-state, and a new set of challenges for national and local governments that have gone unexplored. Public administration scholarship has essentially ignored the thousands of international and transboundary organizations that have become critical to the creation and implementation of global policy. This book highlights a broad range of research topics and approaches to help illustrate the expansive contours of relevant inquiry and to advance research in the field. There is no other collection that considers the broad context of globalizing public administration and the many institutional and governance forms entailed.
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Chapter 9: Collaborative problem solving in a fractured world: a perspective on the role of global-scale institutions and administrators in the context of climate change

Paul D. Hirsch


Climate change is a serious problem that calls for collaborative problem solving at multiple scales, including the global scale. The empowerment of new institutions – at the global scale and otherwise – is likely to be part of the adaptive apparatus developed to support collaborative problem solving around the issue of climate change. But how should new institutional structures developed at the global scale in response to climate change be understood in relation to currently existing institutions? And how should public administrators and others who design and act in these institutions think about their new roles? Developing – and acting responsibly within – global-scale institutions organized around the problem of climate change requires navigating a profound tension. One the one hand, responding to the problem of climate change calls for the adoption of metaphors, models and approaches to collaborative problem solving that reflect the planetary scale of human impact.

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