[governance] Muti-stakeholder Group structure (some ideas)

Milton Mueller Mueller at syr.edu
Fri Jun 1 11:35:50 EDT 2007

Yes, I think we agree on this, and this has always been Karl Auerbach's
position. It is basically the IETF model, with the important differences
that there are much stronger incentives to cooperate on standards than
on policy tradeoffs involving distributional issues, and that the
stakeholders are much more diverse and the parameters of discussion much

The other main issue is: what are the incentives of certain actors,
let's say govts especially, to take off their govt hat and become a
"mere individual"? If George Bush showed up at an IGF in his cowboy
boots and jeans could he anyway avoid the trappings of official state

>>> Michael Leibrandt <michael_leibrandt at web.de> 6/1/2007 10:02:00 AM
So we no longer have three distinct stakeholder groups - or "categories
of actors", as Bertrand better describes it. The logical result is that
in all non-negotiating fora, were there are no legal issues around
accountability, liability etc, we're back to individuals. Instead of
counting heads we should open up our minds and start
nominating/supporting capable people even if they formally belong to
what in the old days might have been seen as the "wrong" constituency.  

Michael, Berlin

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