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The G8-G20 Relationship in Global Governance

1st Edition

Edited by Marina Larionova, John J. Kirton


312 pages

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If the growing demand for global governance breathed new life into the established G7/8 and the more recent G20, it raised questions about the evolving and optimal relationship between them. One answer arose from the G20’s third summit, when it proclaimed the G20 would govern global finance and economics, while the old G8 would focus on development and security. Yet this rough division of labour did not address which issues lay within each category and how interconnections would be addressed to create comprehensive, coherent global governance for a complex world. This volume considers these questions. It explores the summits’ performance, the division of labour during their coexistence, their comparative strengths and limitations, and how the future partnership could be improved to benefit the global community. The authors explain the recent evolution and performance of the G8 and G20 summits and their evolving empirical relationship. They consider the G8/G20 relationship with other actors engaged in global governance, notably the major multilateral organizations and civil society. They assess G7/8 and G20 effectiveness and accountability. And they identify, based on this empirical and analytical foundation, how the relationship can be improved for today’s tightly wired world.


’An invaluable overview of how informal international organizations such as the G8, G20 and BRICS have moved to the center of international politics and global governance over the past few years. The authors bring diverse perspectives to the analysis of the inter-related development of these G-groups, with special attention to their effectiveness, their complementarities and their accountability.’ Duncan Snidal, Nuffield College, Oxford, UK ’This volume provides unique insights into how informal fora like the G8, G20 and BRICS are contributing to global governance. The editors are to be congratulated for this fascinating bouquet of essays on a triple-A set of topics of major interest: architecture, achievements and accountability.’ Jan Wouters, KU Leuven, Belgium

About the Editors

Dr Marina Larionova, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; Professor John J. Kirton, University of Toronto, Canada.

About the Series

Global Governance

Global Governance

Global Governance

Series Editor: John J. Kirton, University of Toronto, Canada

Global governance is growing rapidly to meet the compounding challenges of a globalized 21st-century world. Many issues once dealt with largely at the local, national or regional level are now going global, in the economic, social and political-security domains. In response, new and renewed intergovernmental institutions are arising and adapting, multilevel governance is expanding, and sub-national actors are playing a greater role, and create complex combinations and private-partnerships to this end.

This series focuses on the new dynamics of global governance in the 21st century by:

  • Addressing the changes in the structure, operation and impact of individual intergovernmental institutions, above all their innovative responses to the growing global challenges they confront.
  • Exploring how they affect, are affected by and relate to non-state actors of global relevance and reach.
  • Examining the processes of cooperation, competition and convergence among international institutions and the many global governance gaps where global challenges such as terrorism, transnational crime and energy do not confront powerful international institutions devoted to their control.
  • Dealing with how global institutions govern the links among key issues such as climate change and health.

In all cases, it focuses on the central questions of how global governance institutions and processes generate the effective, legitimate, accountable results required to govern today’s interconnected, complex, uncertain and crisis-ridden world.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Insurance / Health
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy