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Summits & Regional Governance

The Americas in Comparative Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Gordon Mace, Jean-Philippe Therien, Diana Tussie, Olivier Dabène


290 pages

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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:

  • How effective have summits been ?
  • How have civil society and other non-state actors been involved in summits?
  • How have summits impacted on the management of regional affairs?

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

Gordon Mace is Director, Inter-American Studies Centre at the Institute of Advanced International Studies, Laval University, Québec, Canada.

Jean-Philippe Thérien is Professor in the Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal, Canada

Diana Tussie is Director, Department of International Relations, FLACSO-Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Olivier Dabène is Director, Observatoire politique de l’Amérique latine et Caraïbes, Sciences-Po, Paris, France

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 two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • 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.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

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