Publication Date

2003

Abstract

This research study explores two recent global governance trends: global public goods (GPGs) and global public policy networks (GPPNs). It compares these concepts and attempts to strengthen existing analysis of GPG provision by incorporating GPPN innovations. I have adapted conceptual models developed by Francisco Sagasti and Keith Bezanson of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, in their work “Financing and Providing Global Public Goods: Expectations and Prospects.” This study identifies weaknesses in Sagasti and Bezanson’s framework and highlights the growing concern that global collaborations should not default to traditional systems or decision-making structures for policy development and action. The intended result of my research is a revised conceptual framework. The revised global public goods framework is subsequently applied to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and its product, a sustainability reporting framework. Through a case study methodology this research study attempts to answer the question of whether the GRI can be categorized as a global public good and, if so, how to best arrange for the financial and institutional provision of this good.

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