Today's world is crowded with international laws and institutions that govern the global economy. This post-World War II accumulation of hard multilateral and soft plurilateral institutions by no means constitutes a comprehensive, coherent and effective system of global economic governance. As intensifying globalization thrusts many longstanding domestic issues onto the international stage, there is a growing need to create at the global level the more comprehensive, coherent and effective governance system that citizens have long taken for granted at home. This book offers the first comprehensive look at this critical question of international relations. It examines how, and how well, the multilateral organizations and the G8 are dealing with the central challenges facing the contemporary international community, how they have worked well and poorly together, and how they can work together more effectively to provide badly needed public goods. It is an ideal reference guide for anyone interested in institutions of global governance.
'This volume provides an invaluable and comprehensive treatment of a range of topics covered by the G8 summit process.' Stephen Woolcock, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK 'Utilizing mixed methods research, this book is a rare gem in the field as it comprehensively presents the burning theoretical and empirical scholarly issues about the G8 and its cooperation with other MOs. … this volume is highly recommended not only for scholars working on international organizations, political economy, and global governance but also for advanced graduate students in the social sciences whose interest in global politics is evident. This is a highly informative volume on which future scholarship on the G8 will be based.' Governance