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Discretionary Governance: Selection, Secrecy, and Status within the World Economic Forum
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1652-631X
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Södertörn University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6797-3892
Number of Authors: 22021 (English)In: Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, ISSN 1075-2846, E-ISSN 1942-6720, Vol. 27, no 4, p. 540-560Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Built on the exclusive funding of 1,000 large transnational corporations, the World Economic Forum is a not-for-profit Swiss foundation, aiming to shape the direction of globalization. Its events are characterized by low degrees of formality and transparency. Research on what this organization does is scarce. This article suggests the term discretionary governance to capture the precarious, yet existing, social order that the organization shapes. By discretionary governance, we mean a set of discreet practices based on the organization’s judgement in ways that escape established democratic controls. Drawing on ethnographic data the paper demonstrates how selection, secrecy, and status form key components of this tenuous ordering. Selection processes and secrecy contribute to status elevation of the individuals and organizations chosen to participate. Upon them and the organization itself is bestowed a symbolic capital that is practical and possibly profitable in the world of global governance.

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2021. Vol. 27, no 4, p. 540-560
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discretionary governance, symbolic capital, status, secrecy, selection
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Political Science Sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-201255DOI: 10.1163/19426720-02704006ISI: 000733604400004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85122404739OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-201255DiVA, id: diva2:1631721
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