“Globalization” is a blanket term with fuzzy boundaries, and, depending on the way it is defined, global governance is either perceived as part of the process called globalization, or as a response to it. This conceptual ambiguity has stimulated definitional efforts, while the diversity of theoretical interpretations has motivated attempts to structure the field by distinguishing different schools of thinking about globalization (e.g.
). This paper sets itself a different task. Instead of describing different views on globalization and global governance, we shall examine factors that shape different perspectives, i.e. different ways of perceiving, evaluating and studying the loosely bounded set of phenomena called “globalization”. The purpose of such an analysis is not to arrive at new definitions of globalization and global governance, nor to offer yet another substantive theory, but to alert scholars to the selective - and contingent - nature of their perspectives.