Workshop "Orchestration in Polycentric Governance: Possibilities and Challenges"

  • June 23, 2017
  • Event
  • Keywords: Event, Research, Social sciences


Since the mid-1990s, we have seen an increasing number of polycentric governance systems which are characterized by a diversity of stakeholders, including civil society organizations (CSOs), private sector, international organizations (IOs) as well as states. The concept of orchestration was recently introduced in the field of international relations by Kenneth Abbott and Duncan Snidal, as an essential component of the polycentric governance. An orchestrator enlists and steers diverse stakeholders toward achieving governance goals, and by doing so, is expected to strengthen the capability and legitimacy of relevant actors, while enhancing the governance system.

Although public regulators (states and IOs) in the international arena suffer from “orchestration deficit,” orchestrations have been observed in various fields, ranging from environment, development, commerce, health, human rights, criminal justice, to security. The edited volume International Organizations as Orchestrators, published in 2015, discusses conditions under which IOs are likely to orchestrate, and demonstrates that the concept of orchestration is a promising tool to analyze what IOs can do to effectively manage global governance, under the constraints of public resources. However, it also reveals some challenges, as the theory comes short of addressing variations of orchestration under different conditions, and measuring impacts of orchestration on the global governance system. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss possibilities and challenges of the concept of orchestration in order to grasp today’s global governance accurately and to search for innovative and feasible ways to tackle with global problems.

Date and Time
June 23, 2017 (Friday), 15:00-18:00
June 24, 2017 (Saturday), 13:00-16:00

Main Conference Room, 1st floor, GSICS, Kobe University

Kenneth W. Abbott (Arizona State University)
Duncan Snidal (Oxford University)
Takahiro Yamada (Nagoya University))
Yoshiko Naiki (Osaka University)
Makiko Nishitani (Kobe University)

Yoshiko Kojo (University of Tokyo)

Ryo Oshiba (Aoyama Gakuin University)
Atsushi Yamada (Hitotsubashi University))
Kenneth W. Abbott (Arizona State University)
Duncan Snidal (Oxford University)


In order to facilitate the preparations, we would very much appreciate your online registration at our website no later than June 19th.

Makiko Nishitani
Associate Professor
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS), Kobe University


June 23 (Fri)


"Orchestrationas an approach to (global) governance"

Kenneth W. Abbott (Arizona State University)
Duncan Snidal (Oxford University)

16:00-16:15 Coffee Break
16:15-18:00 Discussion

June 24 (Sat)


"Orchestrating Global Polycentric Governance for Fight Against Corruption"

Makiko Nishitani (Kobe University)

"Orchestration and Policy Innovation in Polycentric Global Governance: Promoting Experiments in Business and Human Rights"

Takahiro Yamada (Nagoya University)

"The New Orchestrators in Transnational Sustainability Governance: Explaining the Role of International Trade Centre's Standards Map"

Yoshiko Naiki (Osaka University)

14:00-14:15 Coffee Break
14:15-16:00 Discussion

* Papers will be made available at the website on June 13th.

(Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies)