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Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance$
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Alexandra Kaasch and Kerstin Martens

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743996.001.0001

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Policy Flexians in the Global Order

Policy Flexians in the Global Order

(p.214) Chapter 11 Policy Flexians in the Global Order
Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance

Paul Stubbs

Janine Wedel

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role of new flex actors (flexians) in global social governance, who personalize bureaucracy, privatize information, juggle roles and representations, and test the rules of both democracy and the market, crafting and co-opting policy agendas to their own interests. Flexians are at their most powerful when acting in ‘flex nets’, small, tightly knit, networks, acting as resource pools, able to prescribe, coordinate, implement, promote, and justify particular policies in order to serve their own, not their organizations’, agendas. The chapter discusses the roles of Jeffrey Sachs, a typical flexian, and George Soros, creating spaces for new flex actors to emerge, in the light of this framework, before concluding with a discussion on how best to hold flexians to account in the future.

Keywords:   flexians, global social governance, Jeffrey Sachs, George Soros, networks

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