3rd Edition

International Organization and Global Governance

Edited By Thomas G. Weiss, Rorden Wilkinson Copyright 2023
    844 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    844 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Completely revised and updated, this textbook continues to offer the most comprehensive resource available. Concise chapters from a diverse mix of established and emerging global scholars offer accessible, in-depth coverage of the history and theories of international organization and global governance and discussions of the full range of state, intergovernmental, and non-state actors.

    All chapters have been revised and rewritten to reflect the rapid development of world events, with new chapters added on:

    • Chinese approaches to international organization and global governance
    • The UN System
    • The Global South
    • Sustaining the Peace
    • Queering International Organization and Global Governance
    • Post-colonial Global Governance
    • The Sustainable Development Goals
    • The English School
    • Inequality
    • Migration

    Divided into seven parts woven together by a comprehensive introduction, along with separate introductions to each part and helpful pointers to further reading, International Organization and Global Governance provides a balanced, critical perspective that enables readers to comprehend more fully the role of myriad actors in the governance of global life.

    Part I: Introduction From International Organization to Global Governance Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson 
    Part II: Contextualizing International Organization and Global Governance Section Introduction 
    1. The Emergence of Global Governance Craig N. Murphy 
    2. The Evolution of International Law Charlotte Ku 
    3. International Organizations and the Diffusion of Power Michael Barnett and Raymond Duvall 
    4. The Diffusion of Authority David Held and Eva-Maria Nag 
    5. Who Governs the Globe? Susan K. Sell 
    Part III: Theories of International Organization and Global Governance Section Introduction 
    6. Realism Jason Charrette and Jennifer Sterling-Folker 
    7. Classical Liberal Internationalism* Christer Jönsson 
    8. Liberal Institutionalism Tana Johnson and Andrew Heiss 
    9.Constructivism Susan Park 
    10. The English School Ian Hall and Tim Dunne 
    11. Rational Choice and Indirect Global Governance Henning Tamm and Duncan Snidal 
    12. Critical Theory Robert W. Cox 
    13. Marxism Julian Germann 
    14. Feminism Susanne Zwingel, Elisabeth Prügl, and Gülay Caglar 
    15. Post-Structuralism James Brassett 
    16. Post-colonial Global Governance Adekeye Adebajo 
    17. Chinese Approaches Yongjin Zhang 
    18. Queer International Organization and Global Governance Ariel Mekler 
    Part IV: States and International Institutions in Global Governance Section Introduction 
    19. The UN System Natalie Samarasinghe and Giovanna Kuele 
    20. The UN General Assembly M. J. Peterson 
    21. The European Union Ben Rosamond 
    22.The Staying Power of the BRICS Andrew F. Cooper and Ramesh Thakur 
    23. The Global South Jacquie Braveboy-Wagner 
    24. US Hegemony W. Andy Knight 
    25. China and Global Governance Shaun Breslin and Ren Xiao 
    Part V: Non-State Actors in Global Governance Section Introduction 
    26. Global Corporations Christopher May 
    27. Civil Society and NGOs Jan Aart Scholte 
    28. Labor Robert O’Brien
    29. Credit Rating Agencies Timothy J. Sinclair 
    30. Think Tanks and Global Policy Networks James G. McGann with Laura Messner 
    31. Global Philanthropy Michael Moran 
    32. Private Military and Security Companies Peter J. Hoffman 
    33. Transnational Criminal Networks Frank G. Madsen 
    Part VI: Securing the World, Governing Humanity Section Introduction 
    34. UN Security Council and Peace Operations Paul D. Williams and Alex J. Bellamy 
    35. Regional Organizations and Global Security Governance S. Neil MacFarlane 
    36. Weapons of Mass Destruction Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu 
    37. Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism Peter Romaniuk 
    38. Human Rights Daniel Braaten and David P. Forsythe 
    39. The Pursuit of International Justice Richard J. Goldstone 
    40. Humanitarian Intervention and R2P Simon Chesterman 
    41. Crisis and Humanitarian Containment Fabrice Weissman 
    42. Sustaining the Peace Gert Rosenthal 
    43. Human Security as a Global Public Good Stefanie Neumeier and Mark Raymond 
    Part VII: Governing the Economic and Social World Section Introduction 
    44. Global Financial Governance Bessma Momani 
    45. Global Trade Governance Bernard Hoekman 
    46. Global Development Governance Katherine Marshall
    47. Global Environmental Governance Elizabeth R. DeSombre and Andrea Sabau 
    48. Regional Development Banks and Global Governance Jonathan R. Strand 
    49. Climate Change Matthew J. Hoffmann 
    50.Sustainable Development Goals and the Promise of a Transformative Agenda Sakiko Fukada-Parr 
    51. Global Energy Governance Harald Heubaum 
    52. Food and Hunger Jennifer Clapp 
    53. Global Health Governance Sophie Harman and Andreas Papamichail 
    54. Refugees and Migrants Nicholas R. Micinski 
    56.Global Internet Governance Madeline Carr


    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 Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

    Praise for the Third Edition

    "The theories and perspectives discussed in International Organization and Global Governance provide students, policy makers, and activists with a historical lens to understand where we all come from, together with a large tapestry of inter-related analytical strands to build a vision and strategies for change towards a new global order based on equity, social justice, peace, security, and sustainability. This book should be on the essential reading list for all students studying IR, Politics, Global Governance, Development Studies, International Political Economy, and International Business."

    Faizel Ismail, University of Cape Town

    "In this volume Weiss and Wilkinson deliver a complete 3,000 piece puzzle of global governance. What is exceptionally valuable is that they offer both the 30,000 foot view of the complex and comprehensive landscape and the details behind each piece of international organization."

    Maria Ivanova, Northeastern University

    "In a world riven with war, reeling from a global pandemic, and facing a climate and ecological emergency, it is ever more important to understand the global institutions and actors seeking to respond. In trying to make sense of an ever more complex governance landscape, the latest edition of International Organization and Global Governance brings together top scholars on a bewildering array of key global challenges to provide a timely, authoritative, and accessible guide to the world we live in."

    Peter Newell, University of Sussex

    "The third edition of this important book is a tour de force. Responding effectively to a range of new governance challenges, the volume offers both accessible discussions of theoretical frameworks and rich empirical accounts of governance actors, mechanisms, and processes. The collection enriches our collective understanding of governance and is a must-read for scholars and students alike."

    Laura Shepherd, University of Sydney

    "Too often, the study of international organizations (IGOs) and global governance has been relegated to lower-class status in the discipline of International Relations (IR)—the terrain where idealists tinker while power politics dominate. Weiss and Wilkinson encourage our discipline to rethink, and deepen, its analysis of the relationship between international organizations (IGOs) and global governance. By transcending the separation and confusion between the way that IGOs and global governance have been conceptualized and studied, this fully updated volume provides scholars and students critical tools to navigate the contemporary global governance puzzle in a time of great turbulence and change."

    Jennifer Welsh, McGill University

    Praise for the Second Edition

    "International Organization and Global Governance is remarkable not just for the breadth and depth of its coverage, but for its ability to stretch our understandings of both organization and governance. It covers classic theories and established institutions (such as the UN and regional organizations) while illuminating the sometimes obscure powers of nongovernmental and "private" entities (ranging from human rights groups to bond rating agencies). This is an indispensable resource for the field."

    Michael Doyle, Columbia University

    "An indispensable resource for any student of contemporary global affairs. This latest edition of a now-classic volume balances breath of coverage with conceptual depth and sophisticated analysis. The editors here have assembled a top-notch team to write an outstanding collection of insightful, accessible essays that span the enormous range of challenges and changes in global governance today."

    Martha Finnemore, George Washington University

    "The first edition of this volume was a land-mark; this second, much-updated volume is most welcome. The editors and authors are all leading authorities on their topics. Highly recommended."

    David Malone, United Nations University

    "In a fracturing world, international cooperation is looking fragile. This book provides a useful overview of how international organizations can help, where they fail, and with what consequences."

    Professor Ngaire Woods, University of Oxford