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Global Institutions

About the Series

Founded in 2003 by Professors Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson, and publishing its first volume in 2005, the Global Institutions book series is the benchmark series for works on the history, structure, and activities of international institutions and key issues and processes that permeate therein.

Covering topics of importance in contemporary and historical global governance, titles in the series cover the developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today and in the future.

Continuing the dedication of the founding series editors to high-quality, theoretical and empirical engagement with the full range of issues confronting global institutions, privileging knowledge from all perspectives, and publishing works in an accessible form for academic, policymaking, and lay audiences, we welcome new submissions to the series. To discuss proposals for research monographs, edited collections, short form books, and texts from a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches please contact Rob Sorsby, Senior Editor for Politics and IR– [email protected].

160 Series Titles

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Why International Organizations Hate Politics Depoliticizing the World

Why International Organizations Hate Politics: Depoliticizing the World

1st Edition

By Marieke Louis, Lucile Maertens
January 09, 2023

Building on the concept of depoliticization, this book provides a first systematic analysis of International Organizations (IO) apolitical claims. It shows that depoliticization sustains IO everyday activities while allowing them to remain engaged in politics, even when they pretend not to. ...

River Basin Organizations in Water Diplomacy

River Basin Organizations in Water Diplomacy

1st Edition

Edited By Anoulak Kittikhoun, Susanne Schmeier
May 30, 2022

Will tensions and disputes among states sharing international water courses and lakes turn into active conflicts? Addressing this question, the book shows that these concerns are more prominent due to the locations and underlying political dynamics of some of these large rivers and the strategic ...

United Nations Industrial Development Organization Industrial Solutions for a Sustainable Future

United Nations Industrial Development Organization: Industrial Solutions for a Sustainable Future

1st Edition

By Stephen Browne
January 31, 2022

The mandate of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is close to many of the core issues now confronting developing and transition economy countries, and this book offers the first concise and accessible guide to this important organization. As the only UN organization to ...

Contemporary Preventive Diplomacy

Contemporary Preventive Diplomacy

1st Edition

By Bertrand Ramcharan
December 13, 2021

This book offers an explanation and evaluation of preventative diplomacy in an age of increasing precariousness. It emphasises the importance of pursuing diplomacy and human security in connection with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which promote development grounded in peace, justice, and...

Small Countries, Big Diplomacy Laos in the UN, ASEAN and MRC

Small Countries, Big Diplomacy: Laos in the UN, ASEAN and MRC

1st Edition

By Alounkeo Kittikhoun, Anoulak Kittikhoun
October 18, 2021

This book shows how small countries use "big" diplomacy to advance national interests and global agendas – from issues of peace and security (the South China Sea and nuclearization in Korea) and human rights (decolonization) to development (landlocked and least developed countries) and environment ...

UN Global Compacts Governing Migrants and Refugees

UN Global Compacts: Governing Migrants and Refugees

1st Edition

By Nicholas R. Micinski
April 29, 2021

UN Global Compacts is a concise introduction to the key concepts, issues, and actors in global migration governance and presents a comprehensive analysis of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, the Global Compact on Refugees, and the Global Compact for Migration. The book places the...

Mass Atrocities, the Responsibility to Protect and the Future of Human Rights ‘If Not Now, When?’

Mass Atrocities, the Responsibility to Protect and the Future of Human Rights: ‘If Not Now, When?’

1st Edition

By Simon Adams
January 27, 2021

This book ambitiously weaves together history and politics to explain all of the major situations where mass atrocities have occurred, or been prevented, over the 15 years since the 'Responsibility to Protect' (R2P) was adopted at the 2005 UN World Summit. The author provides a history of ...

International Secretariats Two Centuries of International Civil Servants and Secretariats

International Secretariats: Two Centuries of International Civil Servants and Secretariats

1st Edition

By Bob Reinalda
October 28, 2020

Providing a comprehensive overview of two centuries of international civil servants and international secretariats, this book reveals how international secretariats have emerged and evolved, focusing on both structures (international public administrations) and the practitioners (international ...

Regionalism Under Stress Europe and Latin America in Comparative Perspective

Regionalism Under Stress: Europe and Latin America in Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Edited By Detlef Nolte, Brigitte Weiffen
June 15, 2020

Regionalism is under stress. The European Union has been challenged by the Eurozone crisis, refugee flows, terrorist attacks, Euroscepticism, and Brexit. In Latin America, regional cooperation has been stagnating. Studying Europe and Latin America within a broader comparative perspective, this ...

Global Think Tanks Policy Networks and Governance

Global Think Tanks: Policy Networks and Governance

2nd Edition

By James G. McGann, Laura C. Whelan
March 05, 2020

This completely revised edition of Global Think Tanks: Policy Networks and Governance provides a clear description of, and context for, the global proliferation of think tanks. It explores the origins, development, and diversity of think tanks and policy networks, discusses past and current issues ...

The International Organization for Migration Challenges, Commitments, Complexities

The International Organization for Migration: Challenges, Commitments, Complexities

1st Edition

By Megan Bradley
February 03, 2020

Since its establishment in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has expanded from a small, regionally specific, logistically focused outfit into a major international organization involved in an almost dizzying array of activities related to human mobility. In 2016, IOM joined ...

Negotiating Trade in Uncertain Worlds Misperception and Contestation in EU-West Africa Relations

Negotiating Trade in Uncertain Worlds: Misperception and Contestation in EU-West Africa Relations

1st Edition

By Clara Weinhardt
December 02, 2019

This book shows how a constructivist account of bargaining sheds new light on the emergence of impasse situations in international trade negotiations. It uncovers the subtle ways in which misperceptions – and the problems of overcoming them – complicate negotiations. It brings to the forefront ...

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