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1st Edition

Rising Powers, Global Governance and Global Ethics

ISBN 9781138826878
Published January 26, 2015 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

Two of the dominant themes of discussion in international relations scholarship over the last decade have been global governance and rising powers. Underlying both discussions are profound ethical questions about how the world should be ordered, who is responsible for addressing global problems, how change can be managed, and how global governance can be made to work for peoples in developing as well as developed states. Yet, these are often not addressed or only briefly mentioned as ethical dilemmas by commentators.

This book seeks to ask critical and profound questions about what relative shifts in power among states might mean for the ethics and practice of global governance. Three key questions are addressed throughout the volume:

  • Who is rising and how?
  • How does this impact on global governance?
  • What are the implications of these developments for global ethics?

Through these questions, some of the key academics in the field explore how far debates over global ethics are really between competing visions of how international society should be governed, as opposed to tensions within the same broad paradigm. By examining how governance works in practice across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, the contributors to this volume seek to critique the way global governance discourse masks the exercise of power by elites and states, both developed and rising.

This work will be essential reading for all those with an interest in the future of international relations and global governance.

Table of Contents


Introduction, Chapter 1: Rising powers and global governance: theoretical perspectives, Yale H. Ferguson Chapter 2: Continuity and change in global governance: a normative quest, Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson Chapter 3: Rising Powers and the reform of practices of international security institutions, Thomas Biersteker and Erica Moret Chapter 4: Global governance and the BRICs: ideas, actors and governance practices, Mark Bevir and Jamie Gaskarth Chapter 5: The rising powers and the ethics of global trade and development governance, Patrick Holden Chapter 6: China in East Asia: Confusion on the horizon?, Catherine Jones and Shaun Breslin Chapter 7: Rising powers and regional organization in the Middle East, Louise Fawcett Chapter 8: "Africa Rising" and the rising powers, Rebecca Davies and Ian Taylor Chapter 9: Russia rising? The normative renaissance of multinational organizations, P. N. Chatterje-Doody Conclusion

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Jamie Gaskarth is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in International Relations in the School of Government at Plymouth University. He is an elected Trustee of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and Convenor of BISA’s Foreign Policy Working Group