Liliana Andonova, Governance Entrepreneurs: International Organizations and the Rise of Global Public-Private Partnerships (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Global partnerships have transformed international institutions by creating platforms for direct collaboration with NGOs, foundations, companies and local actors. They introduce a model of governance that is decentralized, networked and voluntary, and which melds public purpose with private practice. How can we account for such substantial institutional change in a system made by states and for states? Governance Entrepreneurs examines the rise and outcomes of global partnerships across multiple policy domains: human rights, health, environment, sustainable development and children. It argues that international organizations have played a central role as entrepreneurs of such governance innovation in coalition with pro-active states and non-state actors, yet this entrepreneurship is risky and success is not assured. This is the first study to leverage comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis that illuminates the variable politics and outcomes of public-private partnerships across multilateral institutions, including the UN Secretariat, the World Bank, UNEP, the WHO and UNICEF.

  • The first large-scale comparative analysis of global public-private partnership in the multilateral system, enabling readers to understand how partnerships have changed the face of multilateral governance over the last two decades
  • Proposes a new theory of institutional change in international relations that challenges the seeming division between state-centric and organizational theories
  • Expands on the concept of governance entrepreneurs and the idea of a life-cycle of institutional change and innovation

About the Author

Liliana Andonova, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva
Liliana Andonova is Professor of International Relations and Political Science, and Academic Co-Director of the Center for International Environmental Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She is the author of Transnational Politics of the Environment (2003); co-author of Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge, 2014); and co-editor of a special issue on the Comparative Politics of Transnational Climate Governance of the journal International Interactions (2017).