Despite the large number of regional and global summits there is very little known about the functioning and impact of this particular type of diplomatic practice. While recognizing that the growing importance of summits is a universal phenomenon, this volume takes advantage of the richness of the Americas experiment to offer a theoretically grounded comparative analysis of contemporary summitry.
The book addresses questions such as:
Filling a significant void in the literature, this volume offers an original contribution helping to understand how summitry has become a central feature of world politics. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of diplomacy, international organizations, and global/regional governance.
Introduction: Summitry and governance in comparative perspective Gordon Mace, Jean-Philippe Thérien, Diana Tussie, and Olivier Dabène Part I: Summitry in context 1 Summitry, governance, and democracy Jan Aart Scholt 2 Multilayered summitry and agenda interaction in South America Olivier Dabène Part II: Case studies—Americas 3 The Summits of the Americas process: Unfulfilled expectations Gordon Mace and Jean-Philippe Thérien 4 Presidential diplomacy in UNASUR: Coming together for crisis management or marking turfs? Diana Tussie 5 Summitry in the Caribbean Community: A fundamental feature of regional governance Jessica Byron 6 The impact of summitry on the governance of Mercosur Marcelo de Almeida Medeiros, Rafael Mesquita de Souza Lima, and Maria Eduarda Ferreira Cabral 7 Presidential summitry in Central America: A predictable failure? Kevin Parthenay 8 The anti-summitry of North American governance Greg Anderson Part III: Case studies—World 9 ASEAN summits and regional governance in comparative perspective Richard Stubbs 10 Assessing the role of G7/8/20 meetings in global governance: Processes, outcomes, and counterfactuals Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol 11 BRICS and re-shaping the model of summitry: Subordinating the regional to the global Andrew F. Cooper Part IV: Practitioners’ point of view 12 The Summit of the Americas process and regional governance: A reflection Marc Lortie 13 Some thoughts on summit proliferation and regional governance Carlos Portales Conclusion : Summitry and governance: an assessment Gordon Mace, Jean-Philippe Thérien, Diana Tussie, and Olivier Dabène
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 two "streams" identified by their covers:
Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.