Towards the Participation of a Global Public in Transnational Law-making? Everyday ICT Platforms as Legitimacy Opportunities for Bottom-up Governance

Karin Buhmann, Sameer Azizi

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This chapter looks at the role that information and communication technologies (ICT) may play in involving people in remote areas in processes that feed into global law- and policy-making. It focuses on the potential of mobile phones. The chapter argues that the use of information and communication technology (ICT) offers unique opportunities to provide bottom-up input to transnational law-making. It presents the methodology, introducing the applied pragmatic approach, the grander theoretical framework with an emphasis on transnational law; and the business and human rights (BHR) regime as a case for studying broadly inclusive multi-­stakeholder transnational law-making on issues of global concern. The chapter addresses core elements of Habermasian theory on legitimate law-making in a transnational context, the deployment of ICT in the evolution of the BHR regime and the role that ICT already plays in the Global South for economic and political participation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransnationalisation and Legal Actors : Legitimacy in Question
EditorsBettina Lemann Kristiansen, Cécile Pelaudeix, Katerina Mitkidis, Lauren Neumann, Louise Munkholm
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9781138346970
ISBN (Electronic)9780429437151
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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