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Accountability for Effectiveness in Global Governance

1st Edition

Edited by John Kirton, Marina Larionova


290 pages

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The global community confronts a comprehensive and interconnected array of compelling economic, development and security challenges which require effective global governance. At the centre of world governance stand the new plurilateral summit institutions; the G8 and G20, and UN summits on subjects such as sustainable development and climate change. Many observers and participants regard the performance of these summits as inadequate and doubt their ability to cope with increasingly complex and numerous global challenges.

This book critically examines how effectively central global institutions comply with their commitments and how their effectiveness can be improved through accountability measures designed to raise compliance and deliver better results.

Expert contributors assess compliance and accountability at the key global institutions to provide an important resource for policymakers and scholars in political science, governance and accountability.

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"A definitive reference book on Global Governance. Experts and students alike will gain a great deal from reading this excellent piece of work and will learn how G20. G7/8, BRICS execute their governance role in various spheres." - Prof. Maxim Bratersky, National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Russia.

"As the global economy has become progressively integrated, global economic problems – from climate change to financial crises – have become more interconnected as well. These global problems call for globally coherent policy responses. Such responses, in turn, call for global governance. Understanding the institutions of global governance, the determinants of compliance and policy effectiveness and an empirical framework for policy accountability are issues of first-rate importance for policy makers, academics, business leaders and all other responsible citizens. This book is a masterful collection of issues and institutions responsible for global and regional governance. The editors and authors are to be congratulated for creating an extremely insightful and important volume. It is essential reading for all those seeking to grasp how countries and regions coordinate their policies in search of mutually beneficial outcomes." - Dennis Snower, President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

"Are the G7, G20, BRICS, and UN summits merely photo opportunities or do they translate pledges into tangible accomplishments? The contributors to this deeply researched volume highlight not just the extent of governmental compliance with international soft law initiatives but also the factors supporting these outcomes. Essential reading for anyone interested in the realities of 21st-century government." - Professor Simon J. Evenett, University of St. Gallen

Table of Contents


1 Accountability and Effectiveness in Global Governance

John Kirton and Marina Larionova


2 Financial Regulation for Stability

Andrew Baker and Kateryna Dzhaha

3 Governing the Gaps in Global Banking

Vladimir Zuev and Anastasia Nevskaya


4 Governing Global Energy: Where Are We Heading?

Victoria V. Panova

5 Climate Change Control through G7/8, G20 and UN Leadership

John Kirton, Ella Kokotsis and Aurora Hudson

6 Achieving Gender Equality through G7 and G20 Governance

Julia Kulik


7 Strengthening Regional Security through G7/8 Sanctions and Force

John Kirton and Julia Kulik

8 When States Misbehave: Membership Suspension in International Organizations

Heidi Hardt and Brent E. Sasley


9 Comparing G7/8, G20 and BRICS Compliance

Caroline Bracht and Hanh Nguyen

10 Explaining G8 Compliance: Reciprocity, Institutionalization and Accountability

Ben Cormier

11 Explaining G20 and BRICS Compliance

Marina Larionova, Mark Rakhmangulov and Andrey Shelepov

12 The ICC G20 Business Scorecard

Jeff Hardy and Louis Bonnier

13 Accountability in International Children’s Non-governmental Organizations

David C. Kirsch

14 Knowledge and Learning in the World Bank Assessing the Role, Challenges and Prospects for a More Accountable International Financial Institution

Teresa Kramarz and Bessma Momani


15 Strengthening Global Governance through Accountability

John Kirton

About the Editors

John J. Kirton is a professor of political science and the Co-director of the G20 Research Group, the Global Health Diplomacy Program and the BRICS Research Group, and Director of the G7 Research Group, all based at Trinity College at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Marina Larionova, PhD, is head of the Center for International Institutions Research of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and Co-director of the BRICS Research Group.

About the Series

Global Governance

Global Governance

Global Governance

Series Editor: John J. Kirton, University of Toronto, Canada

Global governance is growing rapidly to meet the compounding challenges of a globalized 21st-century world. Many issues once dealt with largely at the local, national or regional level are now going global, in the economic, social and political-security domains. In response, new and renewed intergovernmental institutions are arising and adapting, multilevel governance is expanding, and sub-national actors are playing a greater role, and create complex combinations and private-partnerships to this end.

This series focuses on the new dynamics of global governance in the 21st century by:

  • Addressing the changes in the structure, operation and impact of individual intergovernmental institutions, above all their innovative responses to the growing global challenges they confront.
  • Exploring how they affect, are affected by and relate to non-state actors of global relevance and reach.
  • Examining the processes of cooperation, competition and convergence among international institutions and the many global governance gaps where global challenges such as terrorism, transnational crime and energy do not confront powerful international institutions devoted to their control.
  • Dealing with how global institutions govern the links among key issues such as climate change and health.

In all cases, it focuses on the central questions of how global governance institutions and processes generate the effective, legitimate, accountable results required to govern today’s interconnected, complex, uncertain and crisis-ridden world.

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