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By Magdalena Bexell, Ulrika Mörth

There was swift proliferation of public-private partnerships in parts of human rights, environmental safety and improvement in international governance. This e-book demonstrates how diverse different types of partnership legitimacy and responsibility engage, and pinpoints trade-offs among democratic values in partnership operations.

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6). The Global Compact “works a co-optation of human rights discourse without teeth” (Cutler, 2008: 208). In this perspective, it represents an attempt to normalize, neutralize, and legitimize the increasing power of transnational companies over nature and labor in the South. indd 14 4/23/2010 11:43:03 AM Introduction: Partnerships, Democracy 15 wage-laborers in the South (Soederberg, 2006: 54ff). In sum, partnerships threaten democratic values as part of a larger trend: “virtually no aspect of democratic politics seems to have gone unmarked by the penetration of market logic, and it is increasingly problematic to even speak of ‘democracy,’ as politics have become embedded, more and more, in markets” (Lipschutz, 2005: 173).

The author posits that, through such practices, the prospects of democratizing global governance are being hindered. In Chapter 11, we draw overall conclusions on the four main themes of the volume that were outlined at the beginning of this chapter. We also point to fruitful agendas for continued research on the democratic credentials of public-private partnerships. Note 1. In this chapter, we use the term “transnational” partnerships rather than “global” partnerships, as the latter gives a skewed picture of their scope.

Furthermore, it is common for businesses to be part of networked operations and integrated supply chains. Taken together, this calls for a complementary model if we want to understand public-private partnerships involving corporate actors better. Nonexclusive relationships In principle, the principal-agent relationship is exclusive. There is to be one primary, hierarchically represented, relationship that supplies goals and directives for agents to follow. The standard view of the for-profit firm provides us with tools for boundary setting around corporations.

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