Governance, Power and Social Change

The rise of the global South and the emergence of ‘new world orders’, the diversity of actors intervening in transnational spheres of human interaction, the unchallanged and emerging crises – financial, ecological, cultural – that characterize today’s global context, are creating new demands for adequate governing arrangements. They also invite theoretical reflections and empirical investigations towards a better understanding of the normative grounds for governance at different leveles and a redefinition of actors’ roles and responsibilities; and call for new conceptualizations concerning the implication of power shifts that characterize political action within and beyond state boundaries. Global challenges in diverse areas such as finance, migration and security, but also growing inequalities, gender divides and digital developments, require new thinking, based on the possibility of dialogue amongst disciplinary traditions and diverse geo-cultural experiences.