Monday, March 02, 2009

On global governance

A provocative proposal to make global leadership more representative:

Economists Vijaya Ramachandran and Enrique Rueda-Sabater propose a simple system for deciding who gets to run the world. Call it the Two Percent Doctrine: If your country has either 2 percent of the planet's people or 2 percent of the world's gross domestic product, you're in, a proud member of a committee overseeing the World Bank, United Nations and other global institutions. Congrats.
By this count, 16 countries make the cut. First up, alphabetically, is Bangladesh. Brazil and Canada are next, with the list reaching the United Kingdom and the United States. (You didn't think Obama would be off the invite list, did you?)

This model would lead to excluding Mexico, Saudi Arabia and South Korea and including Nigeria and Pakistan in global governance.

The Washington Post reports.

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