[discuss] Problem definition 1, version 5

Dr. Ben Fuller ben at fuller.na
Fri Jan 24 09:13:41 UTC 2014

It would be useful to look at existing examples of international, non state institutions to see how they are governed and by whom, how their legal status is defined in the hosting country, their rights and powers for operation and so on. This will give some shape to discussions on how to establish a ‘de-nationalised’ institution. 

For example: In the US there is the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF; in Geneva there is the ILO, World Council of Churches, IGF.  These might be good places to begin.


On Jan 23, 2014, at 5:44 PM, Jeanette Hofmann <jeanette at wzb.eu> wrote:

> That may depend on your understanding of institutions. One could imagine governments delegating the task of participation to special agencies.
> I don't see governments participating as individual experts as Milton suggests. That would surely create problems of accountability for governments or their ministerial administrations. One of the specific features of governments is that they are, at least in theory, answerable to parliaments and, indirectly, to voters.
> As individual experts government delegates would count as civil society in my eyes.
> jeanette
> Am 23.01.2014 16:36, schrieb Avri Doria:
>> +1
>> On 23-Jan-14 04:53, Jeanette Hofmann wrote:
>>> Just for clarification: the new institutional framework would be neither
>>> public nor private but something hybrid called multi-stakeholder that
>>> includes governments?
>> though I wonder is it 'governments [and, or] other governmental
>> institutions.'
>> avri
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