The first task in determining whether global governance has a future is straightforward, albeit not simple: to understand the nuts and bolts of global governance and the reasons why it has assumed such prominence among scholars and policy analysts in recent years. In 2005 Michael Barnett and Raymond Duvall characterized the idea of global governance as having “near-celebrity status”: “In little more than a decade the concept has gone from the ranks of the unknown to one of the central orienting themes in the practice and study of international affairs.”1 So how did the idea of governing the world emerge?