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Bow down all 7 billion: the compressed spheres of global governance

Frederick Ahen (Researcher, Department of Marketing and International Business, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Turku, Finland)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 13 April 2015




This paper aims to answer two questions: How do technologies of governance explain how global governance is enacted? and What alternatives can be proposed for a sustainable future for the governed 7 billion?


Using institutional theory and Galtung’s (1971) structural theory of imperialism as critical theoretical frameworks, this paper confronts orthodox conception of global governance by offering transformative alternatives to inequality, a “historically situated urgency”, which is the product of a faulty global governance system.


Concrete, purposively sampled empirical illustrations on transnational corporations’ resource control and how “flight capital” fleeces the poor to enrich the affluent are provided to aid understanding. This helps to explain how such secretive financial mechanisms perpetuate global inequality in health, education and general well-being.

Social implications

The study introduces the concept of compressed spheres of global governance. It is theorized that diverse institutional logics provide clusters of governors in coopetition that affect individuals and communities of places and communities of interests differently.


The novelty in this study is the concept of compressed spheres of global governance which explain how both visible and invisible systems shape all the worlds of the governors and the governed, as well as how they both interpret their lived experiences.



The author thanks the University of Turku and the University of Turku Foundation for the financial support. The author is deeply grateful to Professor Dennis Morgan, the Guest Editor of this special issue and the anonymous reviewers for their constructive suggestions. The author would also like to acknowledge Professor Subhabrata Bobby Banerjee for his insightful comments on the earlier draft of the paper.


Ahen, F. (2015), "Bow down all 7 billion: the compressed spheres of global governance", Foresight, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 143-160.



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