Article by Mikael Madsen and Mikkel Jarle published to the ORE of Politics – University of Copenhagen

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01 November 2016

Article by Mikael Madsen and Mikkel Jarle published to the ORE of Politics

The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics just published the article “Global Actors: Networks, Elites, and Institutions” written by Mikael Rask Madsen and Mikkel Jarle Christensen.

The article regards what factors drive globalization, which over the past decades have been intensively debated by scholars. Answers have ranged from the emergence of the information society and the global economy to value-conflicts embedded in different civilizations. A different yet closely related question is who is driving globalization? That is, however, much less studied, even if it is arguably key to making global governance intelligible. A whole list of actors seem to offer possible answers to the question of who the globalizers are: Are they global institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) or the International Criminal Court (ICC); communities of experts providing technocratic solutions; transnational networks of activists seeking to alter global and national politics by pursuing, for example, environmental or human rights agendas; or are they powerful individuals forming transnational elites taking the fate of the global society in their hands at a safe distance from ordinary politics in places such as Brussels, New York, or Davos?

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Mikael Rask Madsen

Mikkel Jarle Christensen