Multistakeholderism: who gets to participate?

Rescuing Our Common Agenda from the Post-democratic Abyss

By Anita Gurumurthy

In this piece, Anita Gurumurthy breaks down the popular trope of ‘multistakeholderism’ as a post-democratic form of governance, revealing how it furthers corporate hegemony in the guise of participation. Through the example of the UN Secretary General’s ‘Our Common Agenda’, Anita shows that MSism has gained wide currency. Promoting Big Tech’s interests, it ensures corporate-led governance antithetical to public engagement and disclosure. MSism, in its current form, erodes hard-won rights in the international intergovernmental arena.