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Making Global Institutions Work

Edited by Kate Brennan

© 2014 – Routledge

220 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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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 what they protect, provide or enable that they should be considered, together, as global institutions.

The United Nations, the World Bank, the internet as well as private military and security companies leave a heavy footprint on the social, political and economic landscape of the planet. We are all aware in different ways of the existence of these global institutions but their importance in achieving change in the twenty-first century is often underestimated.

In this book, contributors seek to explain what associations exist between change in global institutions and the reduction of poverty and inequality as well as the achievement of security and justice. The work makes sense of processes of change and identifies the most significant obstacles that exist, offering suggestions for future action that will be of interest to students and scholars of global institutions.

Table of Contents

Part I Framework, 1. Achieving global justice: Why failures matter more than ideals, David Wiens Part II Bretton Woods Institutions 2. Justice for the UN: A quiet revolution, Geoffrey Robertson 3. Humanitarian innovation and refugee protection, Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, and Naohiko Omata, 4. The World Bank and social accountability, Kate Brennan Part III State power, corporate power and global institutions 5. The power and accountability of private military and security companies, Hannah Tonkin 6. Global health and the new bottom billion: what do shifts in global poverty and the global disease burden mean for GAVI and the Global Fund? Amanda Glassman, Denizhan Duran, and Andy Sumner 7. Global health philanthropy and institutional relationships: How should conflicts of interest be addressed? David Stuckler, Sanjay Basu, and Martin McKee 8. The pharmaceutical industry as a global institution: the tension between private mandate and public function, Anne Roemer-Mahler 9. The Unbearable Trust of the Internet, Betsy Masiello

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About the Series

Global Institutions

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.

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