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Governing capital, labor, and nature in a changing world

Grégoire MALLARD

This chapter attempts a broad analytical compass for surveying the main actors, institutions, and instruments governing our world. Despite its seeming ubiquity, governance is a relatively new expression in this context suggestive both of new modes of exercising power, and an enhanced focus on ordering a world undergoing rapid change. Speaking generally, governance may be understood as the exercise of power organized around multiple dispersed sites operating through transnational networks of actors, public as well as private, and national and regional as well as local.