Home|Downloadable Publications|Working Paper Series|Research Themes|Contact||

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - University of Bremen - Freie Universität Berlin - London School of Economics and Political Science - Lund University - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research - Oldenburg University - Science Po Bordeaux - Wageningen University - Fridtjof Nansen Institute - Vrije Universiteit Brussel VUB -

About the project

The Global Governance Project (Glogov.org) was a joint research programme of thirteen European research institutions that aimed to advance understanding of the new actors, institutions and mechanisms of global governance. While we addressed the phenomenon of global governance in general, most of our research projects focused on global environmental change and governance for sustainable development.

The Global Governance Project was co-ordinated by the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and included associate faculty members and research fellows from more than thirteen European institutions, including: Sciences Po Bordeaux, University of Bremen, Freie Universität Berlin (Environmental Policy Research Centre), German Development Institute, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) GenevaLondon School of Economics and Political Science, Lund University, Oldenburg University, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, and Wageningen University. The Project was created in 2001 with the endorsement of the Institutional Dimensions core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP).

Analytically, the project defined global governance by three criteria, which also shape the research groups within the Project.

First, we see global governance as characterised by the increasing participation of actors other than states, ranging from private actors such as multinational corporations and (networks of) scientists and environmentalists to intergovernmental organisations ('multiactor governance'). These new actors of global governance are the focus of our research group Manus-Managers of Global Change.

Second, we see global governance as marked by new mechanisms of organisation such as public-private and private-private partnerships, alongside the traditional system of legal treaties negotiated by states. This is the focus of our research group Mecglo-New Mechanisms of Global Governance.

Third, we see global governance as characterised by different layers and clusters of rule-making and rule-implementation, both vertically between supranational, international, national and subnational layers of authority ('multilevel governance') and horizontally between different parallel rule-making systems. This stands at the centre of our research group Mosaic-'Multiple Options, Solutions and Approaches: Institutional Interplay and Conflict'.

Most topics analyzed by the Global Governance Project have been taken over by the Earth System Governance Project.

GLOGOV Synthesis Book


GLOGOV synthesis book Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered, edited by Frank Biermann and Philipp Pattberg.