Private Authority and Public Policy Interactions in Global Context: Governance Spheres for Problem Solving

Benjamin Cashore, Jette Steen Knudsen, Jeremy Moon*, HamisH van der Ven

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Private organizations play a growing role in governing global issues alongside traditional public actors such as states, international organizations, and subnational governments. What do we know about how private authority and public policy interact? What are the implications of answering this question for understanding support for, and effects of, policy development generally? The purpose of this article is to reflect on these questions by introducing, and reviewing, a special issue that challenges explicit claims, and implicit methodologies, that treat private and public governance realms as distinct and/or static. We do so by advancing a theoretical and conceptual framework with which to explore how the contributions to this special issue enhance an understanding about governance interactions across a range of empirical, sectoral, and regional domains. We specifically introduce the concept of governance spheres to capture the proliferation of issue domains denoted by highly fluid interactions across public and private governance boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRegulation & Governance
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1166-1182
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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Published online: 14 April 2021.


  • Governance sphere
  • Interaction
  • Private authority
  • Public policy
  • Transnational governance

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