Global Institutions

Global institutions are international organizations that are established to solve global problems that cannot be handled by individuals, national governments, or the market alone and need a global perspective.

What Global Institutions Are

As Henri Reymond has argued, if the institutional innovation of the nineteenth century was the nation-state, the main innovation of the twentieth century has been the international organization. While such global institutions might appear remote to the people of affluent societies, they have more immediate presence for citizens in countries affected by war and conflict, or by problems of development like infant mortality or infectious diseases. A major reason behind the apparent remoteness of global institutions in affluent societies is their apparent absence from the everyday lives of contemporary consumers. Yet such institutions play ...

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