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Global Stakeholder DemocracyPower and Representation Beyond Liberal States$
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Terry Macdonald

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235001

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235001.001.0001

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Instituting Global Representative Agency: The Authorization and Accountability of NGOs

Instituting Global Representative Agency: The Authorization and Accountability of NGOs

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(p.193) 8 Instituting Global Representative Agency: The Authorization and Accountability of NGOs
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Global Stakeholder Democracy
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Terry MacDonald

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235001.003.0009

This chapter considers how non-electoral mechanisms of authorization and accountability might function in practice in contemporary global politics. In doing so, it examines some possible pathways for institutional reform via which NGOs could build stronger democratic credentials as representatives of various stakeholder groups, drawing on some examples of contemporary practice among NGOs to illustrate the general institutional form such mechanisms might take. Finally, the chapter discusses how it may be possible to meet the challenge of ensuring appropriate forms of democratic equality for all stakeholder participants, in the absence of the formal equality embodied in an election. The chapter does not attempt to argue that current practices are fully democratic, nor to offer fully-developed institutional solutions. Rather, the material presented here is intended to provide a focal-point for exploration of some practical possibilities, and to point towards some potential future directions for innovation and reform.

Keywords:   representative, authorization, accountability, stakeholder, NGO, equality

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