Until now, states and markets have been the main focus in global politics. Comparatively few studies have paid full attention to intermediary institutions. Increasingly, however, people are recognising the importance of private organisations - such as NGOs, firms, social movements, interest organizations - as actors on the global scene. Private Organisation in Global Politics is a ground-breaking study which brings together a broad range of case studies to examine the role and character of private organizations in the process of political globalization. It ties empirical analyses with theoretical perspectives on organizations in areas such as economic policy-making, the financial sector, the chemical industry and the regulation of the internet. It also focuses on areas such as environmental movements, human rights organizations, the international women's movement, and the combatting of disease. The book's expert contributors analyse the ways in which these groups organize their interest, how their activities vary across different policy fields and what their function is in relation to governance in the globalizing world.