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NGOs and multi-level, multi-arena governance

Kellow, A ORCID: 0000-0002-6413-0766 and Murphy-Gregory, H ORCID: 0000-0002-9993-3331 2018 , 'NGOs and multi-level, multi-arena governance', in A Kellow and H Murphy-Gregory (eds.), Handbook of Research on NGOs , Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, UK, pp. 433-456.

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Global governance is conducted in multiple arenas, each with their own characteristics in terms of factors such as membership, decision-making rules and procedures, subject scope, the strength of enforcement mechanisms, among many — including provision for participation by NGOs. This provides opportunities for ‘forum shopping’ (Murphy-Gregory and Kellow 2016) (also known as venue shopping), until recently a relatively neglected concept in studies of global governance and policy-making. Forum shopping denotes the same strategic behavior commonly discussed in the domestic public policy and legal studies literatures whereby actors seek a favourable arena in which to progress their goals, depending upon the rules, procedures, sanctions and rewards on offer. In essence, forum shopping involves the strategic selection and use of decision-making venues by actors. In this chapter, we examine how differences in institutional characteristics give rise to the forum shopping activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) hoping to realise their agendas and preferences through the establishment of various international rules, standards and agreements.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Kellow, A and Murphy-Gregory, H
Keywords: Forum shopping, NGOs, global governance
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
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Copyright 2018 Aynsley Kellow and Hannah Murphy-Gregory

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