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
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