Global politics is a crowded stage of players competing for power and authority. Who is in charge of what? How do they stay in charge and what are the effects? This volume raises these questions in case studies on regimes of torture and surveillance in women''s rights, border control, media, global capital and religion. In an era of longing for hegemonic control (e.g. the US "war on terror"), the conclusions focus on the dilemmas of democratic accountability and how new spaces of resistance can be created.