Global Governance Seminar

CivWorld Working Group on Global Governance

Co-Conveners: Professor Seyla Benhabib (Yale University) & Dr. Benjamin R. Barber

CivWorld presents the Seminar on Global Governance, convened by Professor Seyla Benhabib of Yale University and Benjamin Barber. The Working Group begins with the premise that there is a deep asymmetry between the challenges of a 21st century world defined by interdependence and cross-border crisis (ecology, crime, markets, health, drugs, terrorism, technology) and the 19th century world of independent nation-states defined by sovereignty and territorial frontiers. Democracy too is tethered to nation-states with its origins in the social contract and popular sovereignty. This suggests that unless we can find ways to globalize democracy or democratize globalization, we will neither be able to sustain democracy into a global age, nor respond to the challenges of interdependence. Yet with no clear path to global governance or democratic globalization, there are many reasons for skepticism.

The Working Group approaches these dilemmas by focusing on the work its members are pursuing on networked cities (Dr. Barber’s upcoming book is titled If Mayors Ruled the World), as well as immigration and migration (of labor and capital), human rights and global justice, the international courts system, transnational civil society and citizenship, virtual democracy, international institutions, confederalism, and other cutting-edge topics. The Working Group met for six sessions in 2010 and 2011 at Dēmos and will reconvene later in 2012. A major conference on global cities in New York is being planned for fall 2012.”

List of Participants 2010 – 2011: 

Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton) Martin S. Kaplan (WilmerHale LLP)
Dr. Benjamin R. Barber (Dēmos)* ‡ Prof. Robert O. Keohane (Princeton) ‡
Leah Barber (Artist & Environmental Activist)* Parag Khanna (New America Foundation)
Prof. Seyla Benhabib (Yale) ‡ Beth Noveck (Obama Administration and New York Law School)
Prof. Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers) Stewart Patrick (Council on Foreign Relations)
Dr. David Callahan (Dēmos) Miles Rapoport (Dēmos)*
Jacqueline Z. Davis (NY Public Library for the Performing Arts)* Prof. Saskia Sassen (Columbia)*
Prof. Carol Gilligan (NYU) Jonathan Schell (The Nation Institute) ‡
Prof. James Gilligan (NYU) Prof. Richard Sennett (NYU/LSE) ‡
Prof. Virginia Held (CUNY Graduate Center) ‡ Prof. Jim Sleeper (Yale)
Prof. Dick Howard (SUNY-Stony Brook) Michele Wucker (World Policy Institute)

*Denotes a member of the CivWorld International Steering Committee
‡ Denotes a presenter at a seminar session

SESSION #1 – January 25th, 2010: Prof. Seyla Benhabib, “Claiming Rights Across Borders: International Human Rights and Democratic Sovereignty”

  • Session Participants: Dr. Benjamin R. Barber (Dēmos), Prof. Seyla Benhabib (Yale), Dr. David Callahan (Dēmos), Jacqueline Z. Davis (NY Public Library for the Performing Arts), Prof. Virginia Held (CUNY Graduate Center), Martin S. Kaplan (WilmerHale LLP and Rasmussen Foundation), Dr. Stuart A. MacNiven, Beth Noveck (Obama Administration and New York Law School), Stewart Patrick (Council on Foreign Relations), Miles Rapoport (Dēmos), Prof. Saskia Sassen (Columbia), Jonathan Schell (The Nation Institute), Prof. Jim Sleeper (Yale), and Michele Wucker (World Policy Institute)

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SESSION #2 – February 22nd, 2010: Dr. Benjamin R. Barber, “Can Democracy Survive Interdependence?

  • Session Participants: Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton), Dr. Benjamin R. Barber (Dēmos), Leah Barber, Prof. Seyla Benhabib (Yale), Prof. Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers), Jacqueline Z. Davis (NY Public Library for the Performing Arts), Prof. Virginia Held (CUNY Graduate Center), Dr. Stuart A. MacNiven, Jonathan Schell (The Nation Institute), and Prof. Jim Sleeper (Yale)

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SESSION #3 – April 19th, 2010: Prof. Robert O. Keohane, “The Regime Complex for Climate Change”

  • Download Prof. Keohane’s Paper (co-authored with David G. Victor)
  • Download the Executive Summary of the Session
  • Session Participants: Dr. Benjamin R. Barber (Dēmos), Prof. Seyla Benhabib (Yale), Prof. Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers), Dr. David Callahan (Dēmos), Prof. Virginia Held (CUNY Graduate Center), Prof. Dick Howard (SUNY-Stony Brook), Martin S. Kaplan (WilmerHale LLP and Rasmussen Foundation), Prof. Robert O. Keohane (Princeton), Parag Khanna (New America Foundation), Dr. Stuart A. MacNiven, Jonathan Schell (The Nation Institute), Prof. Jim Sleeper (Yale), and Michele Wucker (World Policy Institute)

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SESSION #4 – January 31st, 2011: Prof. Richard Sennett, “Mutual: The History, Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation”

SESSION #5 – February 28th, 2011: Prof. Virginia Held, “Morality, Care, and International Law”

SESSION #6 – April 4th, 2011: Jonathan Schell