The Democratic Legitimacy of Private Governance. An Analysis of the Ethical Trading Initiative

Susanne Schaller
Content Type
Working Paper
Institute for Development and Peace
Private actors increasingly influence global governance and generate transnational rules and regulations. By creating soft law, they adopt governance tasks that were traditionally in the responsibility of sovereign states. These modes of “private governance” are quite disputed. Some hope that by including private actors, democracy on a global level can be enhanced. Others fear that private governance circumvents democratically legitimated governments and that private regulation competes with national and international law. Thus, questions arise about the legitimisation of private actors and about the democratic legitimacy of private governance.
International Relations, Democratization, Government, Privatization