Making Global Institutions Work
Power, Accountability and Change
Edited by Kate Brennan
Routledge – 2014 – 216 pages
Series: Global Institutions
This book seeks to think differently about what we recognize as "global institutions" and how they could work better for the people who need them most. By so doing, the contributions show that there is a group of institutions that influence enough people’s lives in significant enough ways through what they protect, provide or enable that they should be considered, together, as global institutions.
The United Nations (UN), the World Bank, Google as well as private military and security companies (PMSCs) leave a heavy footprint on the social, political and economic landscape of the planet. We are all aware in different ways of the existence of these global institutions but their importance in achieving change in the twenty-first century is often underestimated.
In this book, authors seek to explain what associations exist between change in global institutions and the reduction of poverty and inequality as well as the achievement of security and justice. The work makes sense of processes of change and identifies the most significant obstacles that exist, offering suggestions for future action and will be of interest to students and scholars of global institutions.
Part I Framework, 1. Achieving global justice: Why failures matter more than ideals, David Wiens Part II Bretton Woods Institutions 2. Justice for the UN: A quiet revolution, Geoffrey Robertson 3. Humanitarian innovation and refugee protection, Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, and Naohiko Omata, 4. The World Bank and social accountability, Kate Brennan Part III State power, corporate power and global institutions 5. The power and accountability of private military and security companies, Hannah Tonkin 6. Global health and the new bottom billion: what do shifts in global poverty and the global disease burden mean for GAVI and the Global Fund? Amanda Glassman, Denizhan Duran, and Andy Sumner 7. Global health philanthropy and institutional relationships: How should conflicts of interest be addressed? David Stuckler, Sanjay Basu, and Martin McKee 8. The pharmaceutical industry as a global institution: the tension between private mandate and public function, Anne Roemer-Mahler 9. The Unbearable Trust of the Internet, Betsy Masiello