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​Hailed by way of a few as basic pillar of worldwide governance, and criticized by way of others as manifestation of ‘top-down globalism’, multi-stakeholder partnerships became the hot mantra of policy-makers worldwide. although, our knowing of what drives luck and failure in those hybrid associations is still scetchy and incomplete. This booklet will introduce a construction idea of partnering which describes how the contributions actors upload to a partnership are translated into effects. the target of this new standpoint on collaboration is to make feel of the advanced dynamics partnerships face and to derive primary propositions on how governance buildings could be designed to make partnerships succeed.

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16). , 1993): neorealists question the efficiency focus of neoliberals, arguing that the “basic issue is where states will end up on the Pareto frontier, not how to reach the frontier in the first place" (Krasner, 1993, p. 140). Some go even deeper, suggesting that international anarchy not only means lack of a central rule enforcement agency to overcome collective action problems but also lack of an agency which guarantees states their survival as independent systems. With this in mind, actors will not only care about absolute gains from cooperation in international regimes but also about relative gains vis-à-vis their counterparts (Grieco, 1988a,b).

14). The agenda-setting argument, on the other hand, suggests that businesses not only respond defensively to societal pressures, but also proactively, by accommodating and anticipating oppositional demands and exercising intellectual, moral and cultural leadership. Utting and Zammit (2006, p. 8) put the support of corporations for partnerships into the context of the 2002 Johannesburg Summit, arguing that it served as a strategy to stop a ‘corporate accountability movement’ which had gathered momentum during the run-up to the summit and would have 42 2 The Rise of Global Partnerships imposed significant costs and obligations on corporations.

Leaving certain issues open and agreeing on a governance structure for settling them later may enable all parties to better manage risks and uncertainties. Another important yet rarely discussed driver behind the formation of partnerships is institutional entrepreneurship. Young (1991) belongs to the small group of scholars analyzing systematically the role of this factor in the context of regime formation. The author argues that structural, entrepreneurial and intellectual leadership is crucial to invent policy options, overcome bargaining impediments, and line up support for salient solutions (Young, 1991, p.

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