Democracy Beyond the Nation State? Transnational Actors and Global Governance

Project: Research

Project Details


Democracy Beyond the Nation State?
Transnational Actors and Global Governance

What is the role of democratic values beyond the nation state?
How do transnational actors affect global governance?
Do we need to rethink legitimacy and accountability?
Transdemos is a six-year research program carried out jointly by researchers from the Departments of Political Science, at Lund and Stockholm University between 2008 and 2013. The program is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation).

The program addresses three subthemes:

(1) the role of transnational actors in the democratization of international institutions,

(2) democracy and public-private partnerships in global governance, and,

(3) the democratic credentials of transnational actors.

The program involves an ambition to integrate normative democratic theory and empirical research. It includes the full spectrum of transnational actors and adopts a comparative perspective across issue-areas.

The program is working closely together with the Transaccess project at Stockholm University. Read more »
For more information about the project, please see the projcet's website.
Short titleTransdemos
Effective start/end date2007/10/252014/12/31

Collaborative partners


  • The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation: Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Science Research

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Political Science