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Globalisation, Multilateralism, Europe

Towards a Better Global Governance?, 1st Edition

Edited by Mario Telò


512 pages

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This student-friendly textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to globalization studies and the European Union within a multipolar world. It provides its readers with critical analysis of the key concepts of multilateral global and regional governance and Europe’s role in the world; and this in an accessible and intelligible fashion. This volume collects contributions by eminent scholars from world class universities from five different continents. As such, this unique exercise in transnational multi-disciplinary cooperation, provides extensive coverage of the main issues pertaining to multilateral cooperation - notably its history, troubles, legitimacy challenges and efficiency questions - from a variety of national perspectives.

The book covers the major issues confronting students of European and global studies, amongst which: pressing security challenges, new forms of institutionalized cooperation, shifting international trade flows, the notion of responsibility to protect, social imbalances and environmental emergencies, the need for less contingent forms of legitimacy for global regulation, as well as global public opinion and transnational civil society networks. Each chapter includes a summary of its salient points; methodological indications; illuminating illustrations; and a suggested list for further reading. This textbook strives to help students develop a better and more secure grasp of the innovative balance between interdisciplinary openness and disciplinary rigor when engaging with global governance studies, comparative regionalism, normative studies, international political economy or international law.


'This may be the most multi-dimensional textbook in international politics ever published. Its multiple authors are multi-cultural and even multi-continental; its approach is multi-disciplinary and multi-layered; its topics are multi-lateralism and multi-polarism; its units of analysis are multi-regional and multi-functional; its observations are multi-faceted and multi-cautious. If this were not enough, they are all brought to bear on the multi-ambiguous process of globalization! Nevertheless, it does manage to present a coherent and challenging message to the advanced student of political science - whether he or she is interested in the national, regional of global level of aggregation. This owes a great deal to the exceptional quality of its contributors and the innovative program that brought them together.' Philippe C. Schmitter, European University Institute, Italy.

'Mario Telò and his contributors have done a superb job of conceptualizing, analysing and synthesizing the whole complex called globalization studies. Using the European Union as a multipolar and multilevel entity which the tide of globalization permeates relentlessly, they present a much-needed user-friendly textbook.' - Takashi Inoguchi, University of Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

Table of Contents

Introduction [Mario Telò]

Part I: Towards a Common Language: Critically Exploring Key Concepts

  1. Globalisation: Trends, Limits, and Controversies [Min-hyung Kim and James Caporaso]
  2. The Three Historical epochs of Multilateralism [Mario Telò]
  3. Which Multipolarity? Power and World Order [Chen Zhimin and Pan Zhongqi]
  4. Peculiarities of the European Union’s External Action [René Schwok]
  5. Part II: The State of Art: Disciplinary Approaches to Global Governance

  6. Comparative Institutionalisms [Vivien A. Schmidt]
  7. Normative Approaches to Global Justice [Sebastiano Maffettone]
  8. International Political Economy [Matthew Watson]
  9. Legal Studies and Global Governance [Nicolas Levrat]
  10. Comparative Regionalist Studies [Luk van Langenhove and Léonie Maes]
  11. Part III: Efficiency and Legitimacy of the Global Multilateral System: The Institutional Set

  12. Troubles with the UN [Paul Taylor]
  13. The Pillars of the International Trading System [Stephen Woolcock]
  14. The IMF and the Challenge of Global Monetary Governance [Richard Higgott and Jessica Hodder]
  15. Global Environmental Governance [Jean-Frédéric Morin]
  16. Part IV: Issues at Stake

  17. The Complex Social Side of Globalisation [Chun Ding]
  18. New Multilateralisms for Regional Development: Africa Post-2015 [Timothy M. Shaw and Haney Besada]
  19. Cultural Conflicts, Global Governance, and International Institutions [Thomas Meyer]
  20. Civil Society, Global Governance, and the Quest for Legitimacy [Raffaele Marchetti]
  21. The Responsibility to Protect [Nico Schrijver]
  22. Regional Security Communities [Hidetoshi Nakamura]
  23. Interregional Relations [Stephan Sberro]
  24. Multilateral Institutions/Regimes and the Dissemination of WMD [Jane Boulden]
  25. Multilateralism and Conflict Management: Assessing Peace Operations [Fulvio Attina]

Appendix: Regional, Interregional and Global Arrangements and Multilateral Organisations [Sebastian Santander]

About the Editor

Mario Telò is Jean Monnet professor of International Relations at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and teaches EU institutions at LUISS, Rome, Italy.

About the Series

Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism

Established and edited by Professor Mario Teló (ULB & LUISS) and Frederik Ponjaert (ULB & Waseda), the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB) sponsored GEM Series published by Routledge brings together original peer-reviewed publications on: "Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism"

Each volume included in the series delves into a given dynamic shaping either the global-regional nexus or the role of the EU therein. Accordingly, the resulting international and interdisciplinary publications offer original insights into: globalisation and its associated governance challenges; the changing forms of multilateral cooperation and the role of transnational networks; the impact of new global powers and the corollary multipolar order; the lessons born from comparative regionalism and interregional partnerships; as well as the distinctive instruments the EU mobilises in its foreign policies and external relations.

The GEM Series’ edited volumes, monographs and textbooks all aim at contributing to further innovation in the fields of European Integration and International Studies. An International Advisory Board with leading scholars from across all five continents further supports the series with input and guidance.

Proposals for, and any contact about, the series in the first instance should be addressed to:

Series editor Professor Mario Teló

Series Manager Dr Frederik Ponjaert



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European