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NGOs and multi-level, multi-arena governance


Kellow, A and Murphy-Gregory, H, NGOs and multi-level, multi-arena governance, Handbook of Research on NGOs, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., A Kellow and H Murphy-Gregory (ed), Cheltenham, UK, pp. 433-456. ISBN 978 1 78536 167 8 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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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.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:forum shopping, NGOs, global governance
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International organisations
UTAS Author:Kellow, A (Professor Aynsley Kellow)
UTAS Author:Murphy-Gregory, H (Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory)
ID Code:128669
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-10-05
Last Modified:2019-02-21

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