Driving the eco-social turn: Governance and politics

Transformative change at the national level must be complemented by similar change processes at regional and global levels. But major imbalances— or policy incoherence—are evident in global governance regimes. These tend to facilitate trade, finance and private investment, and subordinate or challenge goals related to social and environmental protection and decent work. Achieving greater policy coherence in global governance is not simply about improved coordination: it is fundamentally a political process. Within that process the voice and influence of less powerful stakeholders, vulnerable groups and poorer developing countries need to be enhanced. Responses to the call in the 2030 Agenda for a global partnership must go beyond current approaches to public-private partnerships and participation. Social innovations associated with networking, transnational activism and multistakeholder regulation of business that allow civil society organizations and groups to organize, mobilize and participate to greater effect are important in this regard.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development
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