Towards a Global Script? Governance Transfer by Regional Organizations
Tanja A. Börzel, Vera van Hüllen – 2015
Since the end of the Cold War, international organizations and states have developed programs to promote ‘good’ governance in member states and third countries. Regional organizations have gained an important role in governance transfer. They constitute an intermediate level of agency between the nation-state and global institutions. Their broad mandate allows them to promote legitimate governance institutions in their member states and, in some cases, also non-member states. Today, almost every regional organization prescribes, promotes, and protects some standards for governance at the national level, irrespective of its original purpose — including simple free trade agreements. Thereby, they do not only foster the evolution of regional but also induce the transformation of national order.