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1st Edition

Global Governance Futures

ISBN 9780367689735
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
350 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Global Governance Futures addresses the crucial importance of thinking through the future of global governance arrangements. It considers the prospects for the governance of world order approaching the middle of the twenty-first century by exploring today’s most pressing and enduring health, social, ecological, economic, and political challenges. Each of the expert contributors considers the drivers of continuity and change within systems of governance and how actors, agents, mechanisms, and resources are and could be mobilized.

The aim is not merely to understand state, intergovernmental, and non-state actors. It is also to draw attention to those underappreciated aspects of global governance that push understanding beyond strictures of traditional conceptualizations and offer better insights into the future of world order.

The book’s three parts enable readers to appreciate better the sum of forces likely to shape world order in the near and not-so-near future:

  • “Planetary” encompasses changes wrought by continuing human domination of the earth; war; current and future geopolitical, civilizational, and regional contestations; and life in and between urban and non-urban environments.
  • “Divides” includes threats to human rights gains; the plight of migrants; those who have and those who do not; persistent racial, gender, religious, and sexualorientation-based discrimination; and those who govern and those who are governed.
  • “Challenges” involves food and health insecurities; ongoing environmental degradation and species loss; the current and future politics of international assistance and data; and the wrong turns taken in the control of illicit drugs and crime.

Designed to engage advanced undergraduate and graduate students in international relations, organization, law, and political economy as well as a general audience, this book invites readers to adopt both a backward- and forward-looking view of global governance. It will spark discussion and debate as to how dystopic futures might be avoided and change agents mobilized.

Table of Contents

1. Making Sense of Global Governance Futures

Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson



2. Global Governance and the Anthropocene: Explaining the Escalating Global Crisis

Peter Dauvergne

3. War: The Governance of Violence and the Violence of Governance

Laura J. Shepherd

4. Geopolitics: Competition in an Age of Shared Global Threats

Thomas Hanson

5. Civilizations: Fusion or Clash?

Kishore Mahbubani

6. Regions and Regionalism: Confronting New Forms of Connectedness

Rosemary Foot

7. Cities: Understanding Global Urban Governance

Daniel Pejic and Michele Acuto



8. Human Rights after the West: Goodbye to All That

Stephen Hopgood

9. Migration Governance 2050: Utopia, Dystopia, or Heterotopia?

Alexander Betts

10. The Global Governance of Poverty and Inequality

David Hulme and Aarti Krishnan

11. Race: Apartheid Governance on a Global Scale

Robbie Shilliam

12. People: Who Governs and Who Is Governed?

Laura Sjoberg



13. Food: Governance Challenges for a Hot and Hungry Planet

Jennifer Clapp

14. Health: Less Global, Less Health, Less Governance

Anne Roemer-Mahler

15. Climate Action: Beyond the Paris Agreement

Adriana Erthal Abdenur

16. Biodiversity: Protecting the Planetary Web of Life

Maria Ivanova and Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy

17. Aid: The COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

Catherine Weaver and Rachel Rosenberg

18. Data: Global Governance Challenges

Madeline Carr and Jose Tomas Llanos

19. Illicit Drugs: Prohibition and the International Drug Control Regime

Mónica Serrano

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Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center, New York; he is also Distinguished Fellow, Global Governance, at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University, Korea.

Rorden Wilkinson is Professor of International Political Economy and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.