New Directions in Global Political Governance: The G8 and International Order in the Twenty-First Century, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

New Directions in Global Political Governance

The G8 and International Order in the Twenty-First Century, 1st Edition

By Junichi Takase

Edited by John J. Kirton


400 pages

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Focused on politics and security, this volume extends the G8 and Global Governance series into the domain of international security in both its classic and newer forms. Going beyond the conventional focus on globalization, it takes up the central question of shaping international order, looking at the emergence of several important phenomena including: - The advent of human security - The global importance of once deeply domestic security issues - Enhanced demands for civil society participation Sections on Japan's perspective on the G8 and international order, critical issues in global security governance and the role of international institutions and American leadership therein, make this a distinctive account of international security in the 21st century.


’…an important exploration of relevant contemporary themes such as the impact of globalization on issues of governance, the growing importance of civil society-government relations, the geopolitics of Asia and the relevance of human security to summit diplomacy.’ Brian Stevenson, Associate Vice-President (International), University of Alberta, Canada ’…extremely well organized, thoughtfully presented, and well written. Among other things, it is the only comprehensive assessment that deals with virtually all of the key issues that relate to global political governance.’ Michael Hawes, Executive Director, Canada-US Fulbright Program '…provides a rich resource for international relations students and for those seeking a better understanding of the tensions and strategies that inform the exercise of power in the new century.' The Round Table '…this book is an important contribution for those interested in understanding global institutions' attempts to govern the political, social and economic implications of emerging issues of international security and new geopolitical realities.' Progress in Development Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: New Directions in global political governance: challenges and responses, John J. Kirton and Junichi Takase. The Globalization Challenge and the G8’s Okinawa Response: The G8 summit and global governance: the message of Okinawa, Nicholas Bayne; The Okinawa summit’s contribution to global order: vision and realization, Kaoru Ishikawa; New directions for the G8: Okinawa’s prospects and performance, John J. Kirton; Globalization and the role of the summits, Shinichiro Uda. Japan’s Okinawa Summit and Approach to Twenty-First Century World Order: The G8 summit in global and local perspective: process, meeting, and Japanese domestic politics, Yuichi Morii; Okinawan and Japanese perspectives on U.S. military bases and the G8 summit, Takayoshi Egami; The changing G8 summit and Japanese foreign policy, Junichi Takase. New Directions in Global Security Governance: Curbing nuclear proliferation: Japanese, G8, and global approaches, Mitsuru Kurosawa; Nuclear safety and criticality at Tokaimura: a failure of governance, Michael W. Donnelly; The G8 and the human security agenda, Steven L. Lamy. New Directions in Global Institutional Governance: The G8, the United Nations, and global security governance, John J. Kirton; Partners in adversaries? the G7/8 encounters civil society, Peter I. Hajnal; Safeguarding environmental values and social cohesion under trade liberalization: global governance, G8 action, and local initiatives, Christine Lucyk and John J. Kirton; The roots of the new consensus: the United States and the transformation of the G8 system, Gina Stephens. Conclusion: Global political governance and the G8 in the twenty-first century, John J. Kirton and Junichi Takase; Analytical appendices; Documentary appendices; Bibliography; Index.

About the Series

The G8 and Global Governance Series

The G8 and Global Governance Series
The G8 and Global Governance Series explores the issues, the institutions, and the strategies of the participants in the G8 network of global governance, and other actors, processes, and challenges that shape global order in the twenty-first century. Many aspects of globalisation, once considered domestic, are now moving into the international arena, generating a need for broader and deeper international co-operation and demanding new centres of leadership to revitalise, reform, reinforce, and even replace the galaxy of multilateral institutions created in 1945. In response, the G8, composed of the world's major market democracies, including Russia and the European Union, is emerging as an effective source of global governance. The G8 and Global Governance Series focusses on the new issues at the centre of global governance, covering topics such as finance, investment, and trade, as well as transnational threats to human security and traditional and emerging political and security challenges. The series examines the often invisible network of G8, G7, and other institutions as they operate inside and outside established international systems to generate desired outcomes and create a new order. It analyses how individual G8 members and other international actors, including multinational firms, civil society organisations, and other international institutions, devise and implement strategies to achieve their preferred global order.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General