“How to devise international institutions that are not only competent and effective but also accountable, at least ultimately, to democratic publics?” — Robert O. Keohane
Robert O. Keohane is an influential theorist in International Relations and author of Neofunctionalism and Complex Interdependency writings, which open ways to think of International Institutions as key negotiating parties in International Affairs, alongside the National States.
His ideas contribute to the further understanding on the increase of influence that private organizations hold in a more contemporary global order, inspiring the private market notion of Corporate Diplomacy.
“Traditional patterns of delegation will have to be supplemented by other means of ensuring greater accountability to public opinion.” — ibid.
“One promising approach would be to seek to investigate transnational society, in the form of networks amongindividuals and nongovermental organizations.” — ibid.