Global governance in public services.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameDoctor of Philosophy
This thesis provides an overall picture of global governance in public services (also referred to as global social governance). It maps global aspects of welfare change: governance mechanisms, social policies and service provision developed at the global level. As it maps the relocation of social services from national to global, the research discusses the consequences for traditional and new understandings of publicness. Publicness has been slow to make its way into global forms of social policy-making and service provision, even if social services have been historically considered public, and vital for the governing of social life. A new form of publicness, global publicness, therefore, rises as an alternative political frame for more effective governance frameworks to come forward. Developing global publicness, however, requires profound economic, legal, cultural and political changes. Because these changes will not happen overnight, a maturity approach is suggested, instead of a purely outcomes-based approach. In order to map global social governance and suggest a maturity approach, I draw from international law and materials, multi-disciplinary theory and three case studies. The case studies introduce and compare global social governance within the United Nations family, in global health and in the contested field of global education.