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Inter- and Non-State Contributions to Global Governance, 1st Edition

By Timothy M. Shaw


160 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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The Commonwealth consists of only a quarter of the world’s states and yet the Commonwealth Secretariat and Foundation have made and continue to make a significant contribution to global politics.

Commonwealth is a superb examination of an often neglected but crucial force in world affairs. Timothy M. Shaw;

  • explains the history, structure and future of the Commonwealth
  • demonstrates the central role that the Commonwealth has played in advancing decolonization and supporting multiculturalism, democracy and human rights
  • details the significant links between Commonwealth institutions and myriad networks concerned with education, development, gender, health, islands, literature, media and sport
  • examines the Commonwealth within the context of wider debates about ‘global’ governance and globalization.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Commonwealth(s) – Inter- and Non-State: How Compatible? 2. From Decolonization to Democratization: Beyond the Extended Family to Post-Imperial Nation-Building? 3. Commonwealths Today: Towards Human Development, Human Rights and Human Security? 4. Commonwealths’ Discourses and Directions: Pro- and/or Anti-Globalizations? 5. Commonwealths and the Competition: What Niches? 6. Commonwealths and the Future. Appendix 1: Official Commonwealth Membership and Year of Joining. Appendix 2: CHOGM Location, Participation and Duration, 1965-2009. Appendix 3: Commonwealth Organizations. Appendix 4: CHOGM Communique from Malta, 2006

About the Author

Timothy M. Shaw is Director of the Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. He holds three degrees from three continents and taught in Canada for over three decades, mainly at Dalhousie University in NS and most recently at Royal Roads University in BC, Canada. He has also been a visiting professor at universities in Denmark, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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