Global Governance: A Discursive-communicational Approach

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Luisa Godinho,
Autonomous University of Lisbon, Portugal

DOI: 10.47298/comela22.4-3
The GLOCAL Proceedings:  The GLOCAL Conference in the Mediterranean and Europe 2022

Abstract

The recent pandemic has made evident the need for global responses, leading to the resurgence of the issue of global governance, which I propose to discuss in a communicational approach. Global governance, a concept with a long tradition in the humanities and the social sciences, has reappeared after the slow but effective process of erosion of the nation-state. However, its effectiveness depends on the consolidation of a global public sphere, a symbolic space capable of making the connection between world society and global political elites, and that may compensate for the void left by the crisis of national public spheres. This symbolic space is based on language and mass-self communication processes, which allow the sharing of meanings around the world. The diffusion of meanings will guarantee horizontal (between societies) and vertical (between societies and global political elites) communication of the fundamental values ​​of the global social contract.


Keywords: Global governance, public sphere, symbolic space, communication, linguistic anthropology


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