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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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The Popular Legitimacy of Investor-State Dispute Settlement Contestation, Crisis, and Reform

The Popular Legitimacy of Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Contestation, Crisis, and Reform

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Marius Dotzauer
September 22, 2023

This book offers theoretical arguments and original empirical data on the legitimacy of the investor-state dispute settlement system in the eyes of the general public. The legitimacy of the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system has become a major issue in recent negotiations on new trade ...

Institutionalised Summits in International Governance Promoting and Limiting Change

Institutionalised Summits in International Governance: Promoting and Limiting Change

1st Edition

By Daniel Odinius
May 31, 2023

This book analyses the role of institutionalised summits in international governance, adding a fresh perspective to the controversial debate over the value of institutionalised summits for international governance. It argues that the contribution of these summits to negotiating and implementing ...

The Crises of Legitimacy in Global Governance

The Crises of Legitimacy in Global Governance

1st Edition

Edited By Gonca Oguz Gok, Hakan Mehmetcik
May 31, 2023

Examining the interplay between the domestic, regional and global aspects of the crisis of legitimacy of global governance, this book theoretically questions and empirically analyses the "crises of legitimacy" in global governance with respect to various mechanisms, actors, and issues. It expertly ...

The G20, Development and the UN Agenda 2030

The G20, Development and the UN Agenda 2030

1st Edition

Edited By Dries Lesage, Jan Wouters
December 30, 2022

This book offers a unique assessment of the G20’s development agenda and its potential to be an impactful actor in the global architecture of development cooperation. Representing two-thirds of the world population, 85 percent of economic output, 75 percent of global trade, and 80 percent of carbon...

Multilateralism in Peril The Uneasy Triangle of the US, China and the EU

Multilateralism in Peril: The Uneasy Triangle of the US, China and the EU

1st Edition

Edited By Chien-Huei Wu, Frank Gaenssmantel, Francesco Giumelli
September 09, 2022

This collaborative work brings together international lawyers and political scientists to explore whether and how the retreat of the US, and the simultaneous rise of China, affect the dynamics of multilateralism to which the EU claims to adhere. It focuses on the trilateral interaction between ...

Reconfiguring the Global Governance of Climate Change

Reconfiguring the Global Governance of Climate Change

1st Edition

By John J. Kirton, Ella Kokotsis, Brittaney Warren
April 01, 2022

This book charts the course and causes of UN, G7 and G20 governance of climate change through the crucial period of 2015–2021. It provides a careful, comprehensive and reliable description of the individual and interactive contributions of the G7, G20 and UN summits and analyses their results. The...

Sovereignty and Illicit Social Order

Sovereignty and Illicit Social Order

1st Edition

By Christopher Marc Lilyblad
January 06, 2022

Contesting conventional assumptions of the modern nation-state, this book challenges us to rethink the segmentation of the political realm and its underlying economic and social processes. Cognizant of the historical context of systemic change, Lilyblad reconstructs how illicit social order arises...

BRICS and Global Governance

BRICS and Global Governance

1st Edition

Edited By John Kirton, Marina Larionova
April 28, 2020

The past few decades have witnessed the development of an increasingly globalised and multipolar world order, in which the demand for multilateralism becomes ever more pronounced. The BRICS group established in 2009, has evolved into a plurilateral summit institution recognized both by sceptics and...

Constituent Power and the Legitimacy of International Organizations The Constitution of Supranationalism

Constituent Power and the Legitimacy of International Organizations: The Constitution of Supranationalism

1st Edition

By John G. Oates
February 13, 2020

This book develops a constitutional theory of international organization to explain the legitimation of supranational organizations. Supranational organizations play a key role in contemporary global governance, but recent events like Brexit and the threat by South Africa to withdraw from the ...

The Power of the G20 The Politics of Legitimacy in Global Governance

The Power of the G20: The Politics of Legitimacy in Global Governance

1st Edition

By Steven Slaughter
November 28, 2019

Can the power of the G20 be legitimate? This book examines the politics surrounding the G20’s efforts to act effectively and legitimately and the problems and challenges involved in this activity. Developing a critical constructivist conceptualisation of the G20, the book considers holistically and...

China’s G20 Leadership

China’s G20 Leadership

1st Edition

By John J. Kirton
July 29, 2019

Kirton offers a comprehensive, systematic examination of China’s G20 approach, diplomacy and influence since the G20’s start as a forum for finance ministers and central bankers in 1999. This comprehensive reference tool works its way through China’s elevation to the leaders’ level with summits ...

Local Politics, Global Impacts Steps to a Multi-disciplinary Analysis of Scales

Local Politics, Global Impacts: Steps to a Multi-disciplinary Analysis of Scales

1st Edition

Edited By Olivier Charnoz, Virginie Diaz Pedregal
June 12, 2019

Serving as a touchstone for a much-needed research program on social scales, this volume challenges disciplinary boundaries and brings into focus a paradoxical state of affairs in contemporary thought: the domain of local-global interactions has not yet been identified as an object of analysis in ...

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