Links to PDFs of Readers’ Guide Chapters



Below are links to PDF versions of different chapters of the Readers’ Guide. The contents of each PDF is listed under the link. 



Introduction to the Readers’ Guide

  • Dysfunctional Governance Today
  • Calls for a New International Governance System
  • Two Earlier Commissions
  • Strong Views
  • Previous Preparatory Processes
  • Thematic Global Governance Campaigns
  • The WEF Process
  • Everybody's Business

The Unique Design of GRI’s Report and the Readers’ Guide

  • Editors’ Essay and Forward
  • Five Steps
  • Four Tools
  • Four Building Blocks
  • Three Special Mechanisms
  • Task Force Reports and Concluding Essays
  • Summary Table - Steps, Tools, Building Blocks, and Special Mechanisms

Participation in the Design of WEF’s New Governance Model

  • Experts Groups by Constituency
  • Experts Groups by Geo-Political Regions
  • Experts by Gender and Constituency
  • Chairs and Co-Chairs by Institutional Affiliation
  • Summary of Advisors’ Roles

An Overview of WEF’s Perspective

  • Four New Institutional Ideas
  • A Revamped G20 and the United Nations
  • Urgency For a Change
  • Perceived Limitations of the Current System
  • New Governing Actors
  • Multi-stakeholder, Voluntary Governance
  • G20: the Global Leaders
  • United Nations and the Private non-State World

From Traditional Governance to Global Governance

  • Aligning Values and Governance Structures 
  • Managing Financial Globalization
  • Military Matters
  • The Judicial System
  • Functional Aspects of a Governance System (e.g Housing, Education, Health)
  • Managing Economic Globalization
  • Structural Aspects of a Governance System 
  • Rules, Procedures and Governmental Culture
  • Changing the Frame of Reference

Appraisal of WEF’s Perspective

  • The Context: WEF Shifts the Debate
  • Criteria and Objectives for a New Governance System
  • GRI’s first Objective: Enhanced Legitimacy
    • Gaining Acceptance
    • Constituencies
    • Multi-Stakeholderism
    • A Public-Private UN System
  • GRI’s Second Objective: Greater Effectiveness
    • Fixes to the G20
    • Opt-In-Opt-Outism
    • Fear of Enforcement
    • Fixes to the UN
    • Issue Coverage
  • Operational Matters
  • Lessons From the Past for the Future

Readers’ Guide: Concluding Observations

  • Resistance to Change
  • Three Other Out of Control Crisis
  • Two Unstated Davos Aspirational Goals
  • Knowledge-Based Challenges


Section-by-Section Commentary

Problems in Global Governance Today

Five Steps

Three Special Mechanisms

Four Tools

Four Building Blocks



Annex A: Global Agenda Councils, Young Global Leaders Taskforces

Annex B: Advisor’s Index

Annex C: Forms of Multi-Stakeholderism

Frequently Cited Works, Acronyms, and Abbreviations



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