Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation
Chapter 2: Rescaling collective action for governance in the twenty-first century
We contend that growing functional and systemic interdependencies across various social, spatial, and temporal horizons, have led to the geographical rescaling of public interest. On the one hand, as Rifkin (2010) notes, a new global consciousness is emerging, facilitated by ICTs, as mass and social media disseminate messages and images about the perils and promises of distant societies. On the other hand, geographical and cultural distance can still lead to empathy gaps. As recent debates over economic and refugee crises demonstrate, national borders continue to define access to rights and resources. What is clear is that, as globalization leads to rescaling and shifting boundaries, there are implications for how each society defines public and private interests. Yet, conceptual tools to understand and respond to shifting public interests are limited. There is an urgent need to reconceptualize the intersection of governance and rescaled public interests.
In this chapter, we examine the concepts of governance, public goods and common property resources, and discuss how public goods are being rescaled from the sub-national to the global level. We then discuss existing frameworks of collective action governance, including polycentric and network forms of governance, and analyze their significance and limits for global collective action challenges.
The usage of the term “governance” in the academic literature has grown phenomenally since the beginning of the twenty-first century (Dixit, 2009). Historically, governance was synonymous with government (Stoker, 1998). In 1989, the World Bank, as a leading constituent of the...
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