Readers' Guide Comment on "Governments assembled teams of people with governmental, academic and business backgrounds”:
This history of the 1944 process overstates the role of business at Dumbarton Oaks and at Bretton Woods. The GRI process was not very similar in form or in the selection of participants to the post-World War II negotiations of the United Nations or the Bretton Woods Institutions. 1
WEF’s global governance system has been designed by a corporate-selected group of experts, not a nation-state lead process. Those invited to the GRI expert groups and conferences were largely affiliated with the corporate and academic worlds. Many of those not invited into the GRI process may well have views about the future of global decision-making system.
In today’s world, WEF could have opened up the process with a public web-based comment system. In 1944, the war was still in progress. WEF instead chose to keep the whole process under wraps, as if it were a security matter, until the launch of Everyone’s Business at the completion of the process.
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