It has been estimated that almost one conference a week is held on the subject of governance and yet it remains a contested term, especially when the qualifying adjective ‘global’ is added (Valaskakis 2004: 3). In spite of this confusion, Rorden Wilkinson provides a road map for making sense of global governance:

Global governance, then, is not defined simply by the emergence of new actors or nodes of authority; instead, it compromises a growing complexity in the way in which its actors interact and interrelate. Most certainly, some of the agents of global governance are newly emerged; others, however, are much longer established. Nevertheless, the key to understanding contemporary global governance is the capacity to identify the range of actors involved in the act of management, as well as to uncover the variety of ways in which they are connected to one another.