Global Institutions

Series Editors:

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 three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • 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.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

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


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 three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • 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.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

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

  • The International Organization for Migration: Challenges and Complexities of a Rising Humanitarian Actor book cover

    The International Organization for Migration

    Challenges and Complexities of a Rising Humanitarian Actor

    By Megan Bradley

    There are now more refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) uprooted by conflict than at any time since the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia in the early 1990s. In addition, hundreds of thousands of people are displaced every year by natural disasters. In International Organization for…

    Paperback – 2018-04-30 
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  • The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping book cover

    The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping

    Edited by Peter Nadin

    This edited volume provides a detailed and nuanced analysis of UN peacekeeping and the use of force, to inform a better understanding of the complex and interconnected issues at stake for the UN community. Peacekeeping is traditionally viewed as a largely passive military activity, governed by…

    Hardback – 2018-03-22 
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  • Global Energy and Climate Governance: Towards an Integrated Architecture book cover

    Global Energy and Climate Governance

    Towards an Integrated Architecture

    By Harald Heubaum

    This book provides an in depth analysis of global governance integration and institutional innovation. The volume argues that for global GHG emissions to be stabilized and reduced in line with targets global energy and climate governance need to align and integrate more closely, avoiding the…

    Hardback – 2018-03-01 
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  • Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Bridging the Theoretical and Practical Divide book cover

    Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

    Bridging the Theoretical and Practical Divide

    Edited by Claudia Fuentes Julio, Paula Drumond

    Human rights and conflict resolution have been traditionally perceived as two separate fields, sometimes in competition or in tension and occasionally with contradictory approaches towards achieving a lasting peace. Although human rights norms have been incorporated and institutionalized by various…

    Hardback – 2017-11-21
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  • Global Trends and Transitions in Security Expertise: From Nuclear Deterrence to Climate Change and Back Again book cover

    Global Trends and Transitions in Security Expertise

    From Nuclear Deterrence to Climate Change and Back Again

    By James G. McGann

     The scope of Security and International Affairs research has expanded tremendously since the end of the Cold War to include topics beyond the realm of war studies or military statecraft. The field—once devoted solely to the study of conventional military and nuclear security issues—has…

    Hardback – 2017-11-14
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  • Expert Knowledge in Global Trade book cover

    Expert Knowledge in Global Trade

    Edited by Erin Hannah, James Scott, Silke Trommer

    This book explores tensions in global trade by examining the role of experts in generating, disseminating and legitimating knowledge about the possibilities of trade to work for global development. To this end, contributors assess authoritative claims on knowledge. They also consider structural…

    Paperback – 2017-10-26
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  • The Politics of International Organizations: Views from insiders book cover

    The Politics of International Organizations

    Views from insiders

    Edited by Patrick Weller, Xu Yi-chong

    International organisations (IOs) often receive a bad press, seen as intrusive, domineering and unresponsive to the needs of the people and countries they are meant to serve. The best way to understand the operation of these international organisations is to bring together those who represent their…

    Paperback – 2017-10-26
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  • The United Nations as a Knowledge System book cover

    The United Nations as a Knowledge System

    By Nanette Svenson

    This book seeks to explore how the UN has generated, warehoused, disseminated, structured, packaged, expanded, transferred and leveraged its vast resources of accumulated information and experience throughout the decades and, particularly, since the start of the 21st century with the introduction…

    Paperback – 2017-10-26
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  • The Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Politics, Problems, and Potential book cover

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation

    Politics, Problems, and Potential

    By Turan Kayaoglu

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the world’s leading international Islamic organization. Turan Kayaoglu provides the first accessible and concise introduction and overview of this important organization. This book details the OIC’s struggle to address popular…

    Paperback – 2017-10-13
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  • British Media and the Rwandan Genocide book cover

    British Media and the Rwandan Genocide

    By John Nathaniel Clarke

    Throughout the 1990s, humanitarian interventionism sat at a crossroads, where ideas about rights and duties within and beyond borders collided with an international reality of civil conflict where the most basic human rights were violated in the most brutal manner. This growing awareness of…

    Hardback – 2017-09-19
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  • UNHCR as a Surrogate State: Protracted Refugee Situations book cover

    UNHCR as a Surrogate State

    Protracted Refugee Situations

    By Sarah Deardorff Miller

    International organizations (IOs) that focus on refugees are finding themselves spread increasingly thin. As the scale of displacement reaches historic levels—protracted refugee situations now average 26 years—organizations are staying for years on end, often working well beyond their original…

    Hardback – 2017-09-14
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  • Global Governance and China: The Dragon’s Learning Curve book cover

    Global Governance and China

    The Dragon’s Learning Curve

    Edited by Scott Kennedy

    This volume offers systematic analysis of China’s growing engagement in global governance institutions over the past three decades. During this period, China has gone from outsider to observer to insider. The volume is based on studies of Chinese involvement in a wide cross section of regimes,…

    Paperback – 2017-09-13
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  • The League of Nations: Enduring Legacies of the First Experiment at World Organization book cover

    The League of Nations

    Enduring Legacies of the First Experiment at World Organization

    By M. Patrick Cottrell

    The League of Nations occupies a fascinating yet paradoxical place in human history. Over time, it’s come to symbolize both a path to peace and to war, a promising vision of world order and a utopian illusion, an artifact of a bygone era and a beacon for one that may still come. As the first…

    Hardback – 2017-09-07
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  • Millennium Development Goals: Ideas, Interests and Influence book cover

    Millennium Development Goals

    Ideas, Interests and Influence

    By Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

    Heralded as a success that mobilized support for development, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ushered in an era of setting development agendas by setting global goals. This book critically evaluates the MDG experience from the capabilities and human rights perspectives, and questions the…

    Paperback – 2017-06-12
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  • International Organizations and Military Affairs book cover

    International Organizations and Military Affairs

    By Hylke Dijkstra

    From the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations to the NATO International Staff and the European External Action Service, international bureaucrats make decisions that affect life and death. In carrying out their functions, these officials not only facilitate the work of the member states, but…

    Paperback – 2017-04-26
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  • Sustainable Development Goals and UN Goal-Setting book cover

    Sustainable Development Goals and UN Goal-Setting

    By Stephen Browne

    This book explores the record of the UN development system (UNDS) over more than 70 years as a fount of ideas and concepts in development; as a contributor to development thinking and strategy; and as the principal source of global development goals from the first UN Development Decade to the SDGs.…

    Paperback – 2017-04-21
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  • Inside the United Nations: Multilateral Diplomacy Up Close book cover

    Inside the United Nations

    Multilateral Diplomacy Up Close

    By Gert Rosenthal

    Inside the United Nations illustrates some of the parameters surrounding consensus-building at the United Nations, seeking to provide new insights beyond what is already known. The author spent twelve years as P.R of Guatemala at the UN, offering him privileged observatories in all three of the…

    Hardback – 2017-03-27
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  • International Institutions of the Middle East: The GCC, Arab League, and Arab Maghreb Union book cover

    International Institutions of the Middle East

    The GCC, Arab League, and Arab Maghreb Union

    By James Worrall

    This volume is a key text for understanding the major regional international organizations of the Middle East. Analysing the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Arab-Maghreb Union in a concise and accessible format, it explores their successes and failures across their full range of…

    Paperback – 2017-03-16
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  • The Politics of Expertise in International Organizations: How International Bureaucracies Produce and Mobilize Knowledge book cover

    The Politics of Expertise in International Organizations

    How International Bureaucracies Produce and Mobilize Knowledge

    Edited by Annabelle Littoz-Monnet

    This edited volume advances existing research on the production and use of expert knowledge by international bureaucracies. Given the complexity, technicality and apparent apolitical character of the issues dealt with in global governance arenas, ‘evidence-based’ policy-making has imposed itself as…

    Hardback – 2017-02-27
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  • United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations: Corporate Conduct and the Public Interest book cover

    United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations

    Corporate Conduct and the Public Interest

    By Khalil Hamdani, Lorraine Ruffing

    The United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations (UNCTC) was established in 1975 and abolished in 1992. It was an early effort by the UN to address the overlapping issues of national sovereignty, corporate responsibility and global governance. These issues have since multiplied and deepened…

    Paperback – 2017-02-27
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  • Who Participates in Global Governance?: States, bureaucracies, and NGOs in the United Nations book cover

    Who Participates in Global Governance?

    States, bureaucracies, and NGOs in the United Nations

    By Molly Ruhlman

    Why are non-state actors sometimes granted participation rights in international organizations? This book argues that IOs, and the states that compose them, systematically pursue their interests when granting participation rights to NSAs. This book demonstrates that NSAs have long been…

    Paperback – 2017-02-27
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  • Obstacles to Peacebuilding book cover

    Obstacles to Peacebuilding

    By Graciana del Castillo

    Combining the insights of a seasoned practitioner with the academic rigor of a meticulous policy and risk analyst, del Castillo discusses the major obstacles to peacebuilding that need to be removed before war-torn countries can move towards peace, stability, and prosperity. As Secretary-General…

    Paperback – 2017-02-20
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  • UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era: Adapting to Stabilisation, Protection and New Threats book cover

    UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era

    Adapting to Stabilisation, Protection and New Threats

    Edited by Cedric de Coning, Chiyuki Aoi, John Karlsrud

    This edited volume offers a thorough review of peacekeeping theory and reality in contemporary contexts, and aligns the two to help inform practice. Recent UN peacekeeping operations have challenged the traditional peacekeeping principles of consent, impartiality and the minimum use of force. The…

    Paperback – 2017-02-14
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  • Global Environmental Institutions book cover

    Global Environmental Institutions

    2nd Edition

    By Elizabeth R. DeSombre

    Global Environmental Institutions continues to provide the most accessible and succinct overview of the major global institutions attempting to protect the natural environment. Fully updated throughout to reflect the latest environmental issues, the second edition includes substantial new material…

    Paperback – 2017-02-09
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  • Summits & Regional Governance: The Americas in Comparative Perspective book cover

    Summits & Regional Governance

    The Americas in Comparative Perspective

    Edited by Gordon Mace, Jean-Philippe Therien, Diana Tussie, Olivier Dabène

    Despite the large number of regional and global summits there is very little known about the functioning and impact of this particular type of diplomatic practice. While recognizing that the growing importance of summits is a universal phenomenon, this volume takes advantage of the richness of the…

    Paperback – 2017-01-27
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  • The BRICS and Coexistence: An Alternative Vision of World Order book cover

    The BRICS and Coexistence

    An Alternative Vision of World Order

    Edited by Cedric de Coning, Thomas Mandrup, Liselotte Odgaard

    The grouping consisting of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) was initially meant to be nothing more than clever investment jargon referring to the largest and most attractive emerging economies. However, these countries identified with the BRIC concept, and started to meet annually as a group…

    Paperback – 2016-12-02
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  • Transformations in Trade Politics: Participatory Trade Politics in West Africa book cover

    Transformations in Trade Politics

    Participatory Trade Politics in West Africa

    By Silke Trommer

    This book examines the evolution and application of participatory trade politics in West Africa and discusses the theoretical implications for political economy and global governance approaches to trade policy-making. The author traces the involvement of a network of West African global justice…

    Paperback – 2016-12-02
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  • Global Governance and Transnationalizing Capitalist Hegemony: The Myth of the 'Emerging Powers' book cover

    Global Governance and Transnationalizing Capitalist Hegemony

    The Myth of the 'Emerging Powers'

    By Ian Taylor

    This book is a critique of claims regarding how emerging economies are supposedly rewriting the rules of global governance and ushering in alternative models to neoliberal orthodoxy. It argues that such assumptions are abstractions that ignore both the transnationalizing nature of the global…

    Hardback – 2016-11-28
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  • India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA): The Rise of the Global South book cover

    India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA)

    The Rise of the Global South

    By Oliver Stuenkel

    The establishment of the IBSA as one of the principal platforms of South-South cooperation is one of the most notable developments in international politics during the first decade of the twenty-first century. While the concept is now frequently referred to in discussions about the Global South,…

    Paperback – 2016-11-08
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  • Making Global Institutions Work book cover

    Making Global Institutions Work

    Edited by Kate Brennan

    This book seeks to think differently about what we recognize as "global institutions" and how they could work better for the people who need them most. By so doing, the contributions show that there is a group of institutions that influence enough people’s lives in significant enough ways through…

    Paperback – 2016-10-11
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  • Private Foundations and Development Partnerships: American Philanthropy and Global Development Agendas book cover

    Private Foundations and Development Partnerships

    American Philanthropy and Global Development Agendas

    By Michael Moran

    This book explores the influence of private United States (US) philanthropic foundations in the governance of global problems. Through a close scrutiny of four high profile case studies of public-private collaboration, the work addresses the vacuum present in global governance scholarship regarding…

    Paperback – 2016-10-11
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  • Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court: Committing to the Court book cover

    Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court

    Committing to the Court

    By Yvonne Dutton

    In this new work, Dutton examines the ICC and whether and how its enforcement mechanism influences state membership and the court’s ability to realize treaty goals, examining questions such as: Why did states decide to create the ICC and design the institution with this uniquely strong…

    Paperback – 2016-10-11
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  • The Security Council as Global Legislator book cover

    The Security Council as Global Legislator

    Edited by Vesselin Popovski, Trudy Fraser

    Security Council resolutions have undergone an important evolution over the last two decades. While continuing its traditional role of determining state-specific threats to peace and engaging accordingly in various peaceful or coercive measures, the Security Council has also adopted resolutions…

    Paperback – 2016-10-11
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  • Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, and East Timor book cover

    Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding

    Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, and East Timor

    By Daisaku Higashi

    Peacebuilding is a critical issue in world politics. Surprisingly, however, there has not been a full examination of concrete policies and implementation strategies to generate legitimacy in "host states" by either international relations (IR) theorists or practitioners. The objective of this book…

    Paperback – 2016-10-06
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  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention: Law and Practice in the Field book cover

    Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention

    Law and Practice in the Field

    By Elizabeth M. Bruch

    Human rights, peacekeeping, and humanitarian intervention have emerged in the past decades as important components of international law and practice. Adopting a methodology of Institutional Ethnography informed by Actor-Network Theory, this book traces the practices of law and expertise from global…

    Hardback – 2016-05-25
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  • UN Peacebuilding Architecture: The First 10 Years book cover

    UN Peacebuilding Architecture

    The First 10 Years

    Edited by Cedric de Coning, Eli Stamnes

    Since its establishment, the UN's Peacebuilding Architecture (PBA) has been involved in peacebuilding processes in more than 20 countries. This edited volume takes stock of the overall impact of the PBA during its first decade in existence, and generates innovative recommendations for how the…

    Paperback – 2016-04-12
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  • Displacement, Development, and Climate Change: International organizations moving beyond their mandates book cover

    Displacement, Development, and Climate Change

    International organizations moving beyond their mandates

    By Nina Hall

    This book focuses on one critical challenge: climate change. Climate change is predicted to lead to an increased intensity and frequency of natural disasters. An increase in extreme weather events, global temperatures and higher sea levels may lead to displacement and migration, and will affect…

    Paperback – 2016-04-04
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  • UN Security Council Reform book cover

    UN Security Council Reform

    By Peter Nadin

    This volume comprehensively evaluates the current state and future reform prospects of the UN Security Council, providing the most accessible and rigorous treatment of the subject of reform to date. Apart from a couple of critical eyes in the academic community, few have asked the pertinent…

    Hardback – 2016-03-03
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  • The International Committee of the Red Cross: A Neutral Humanitarian Actor book cover

    The International Committee of the Red Cross

    A Neutral Humanitarian Actor, 2nd Edition

    By David P. Forsythe, Barbara Ann Rieffer-Flanagan

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has a complex position in international relations, being the guardian of international humanitarian law but often acting discretely to advance human dignity. Treated by most governments as if it were an inter-governmental organization, the ICRC is…

    Paperback – 2016-02-29
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  • NGOs and Global Trade: Non-state voices in EU trade policymaking book cover

    NGOs and Global Trade

    Non-state voices in EU trade policymaking

    By Erin Hannah

    In a deeply iniquitous world, where the gains from trade are distributed unevenly and where trade rules often militate against progressive social values, human health, and sustainable development, NGOs are widely touted as our best hope for redressing these conditions. As a critical voice of the…

    Hardback – 2016-02-11
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  • Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, Impact, Reform book cover

    Human Development and Global Institutions

    Evolution, Impact, Reform

    By Richard Ponzio, Arunabha Ghosh

    This book provides a timely and accessible introduction to the foundational ideas associated with the human development school of thought. It examines its conceptual evolution during the post-colonial era, and discusses how various institutions of the UN system have tried to engage with this issue,…

    Paperback – 2016-02-09
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  • Brazil as a Rising Power: Intervention Norms and the Contestation of Global Order book cover

    Brazil as a Rising Power

    Intervention Norms and the Contestation of Global Order

    Edited by Kai Michael Kenkel, Philip Cunliffe

    This book examines the normative tensions inherent in upward mobility within the international system, focusing particularly on the clash between sovereign self-interest and the putatively universal norms associated with international interventions. It provides extensive detail and deep analysis of…

    Hardback – 2016-01-12
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  • The Arctic Council: Governance within the Far North book cover

    The Arctic Council

    Governance within the Far North

    By Douglas C. Nord

    This book helps us to think carefully about how this area of the world should be best handled in the future by offering a concise and accessible introduction to the Arctic Council. Over the past two decades, the Arctic has evolved from being a remote region in international affairs to becoming an…

    Hardback – 2016-01-05
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  • World Trade Organization (WTO): Law, Economics, and Politics book cover

    World Trade Organization (WTO)

    Law, Economics, and Politics, 2nd Edition

    By Bernard M. Hoekman, Petros C. Mavroidis

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) is one of the most important international organizations in existence today. It contains a set of disciplines that affect the ability of governments to impose trade restrictions, and has helped to support the steady expansion of international trade since the 1950s…

    Paperback – 2015-10-14
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  • Global Consumer Organizations book cover

    Global Consumer Organizations

    By Karsten Ronit

    As corporate activity continues to expand in line with the continued globalization of the economy there is an increasing demand for establishing rules to regulate the trans-boundary activities of firms and their many and complex relations with consumers. Until now, sources of knowledge in this…

    Paperback – 2015-09-10
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  • Women and Girls Rising: Progress and resistance around the world book cover

    Women and Girls Rising

    Progress and resistance around the world

    Edited by Ellen Chesler, Terry McGovern

    A growing body of evidence demonstrates that improvements in the status of women and girls – however worthy and important in their own right – also drive the prosperity, stability, and security of families, communities, and nations. Yet despite many indicators of progress, women and girls…

    Paperback – 2015-07-07
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  • The African Union: Addressing the challenges of peace, security, and governance book cover

    The African Union

    Addressing the challenges of peace, security, and governance, 2nd Edition

    By Samuel M. Makinda, F. Wafula Okumu, David Mickler

    Fully revised and updated, the second edition of The African Union continues to offer the most comprehensive overview of the work of the African Union (AU), with special emphasis on its capacity to meet the challenges of building and sustaining governance institutions and security mechanisms. This…

    Paperback – 2015-07-06
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  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization: The Enduring Alliance book cover

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization

    The Enduring Alliance, 2nd Edition

    By Julian Lindley-French

    Continuing to provide a concise approach to this crucial organization, the second edition of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization: The Enduring Alliance is fully updated to take in the developments since 2007, with key additions including: Discussion of NATO’s place in a changing world…

    Paperback – 2015-06-22
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  • Contemporary Human Rights Ideas: Rethinking theory and practice book cover

    Contemporary Human Rights Ideas

    Rethinking theory and practice, 2nd Edition

    By Bertrand G. Ramcharan

    Written by a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2003–4), this book has been fully updated for a second edition and continues to provide a much needed, short and accessible introduction to the foundational human rights ideas of our times and shows that every government is under…

    Paperback – 2015-06-18
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  • Governing Climate Change book cover

    Governing Climate Change

    2nd Edition

    By Harriet Bulkeley, Peter Newell

    Governing Climate Change, Second Edition, provides a short and accessible introduction to how climate change is governed by an increasingly diverse range of actors, from civil society and market actors to multilateral development banks, donors, and cities. This updated edition also includes:…

    Paperback – 2015-05-29
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