This edited book focuses on the dynamic balance between global cultural diversity and multilateral convergence in relevant policy areas that involve actual and potential policy convergences (and divergences): the environment, trade, peace and security, and human rights.
It offers theoretical reflections about the impact of the concept of multiple modernities on new ideas, cultural backgrounds, and/or national or regional particularities. An interdisciplinary team of authors combines comparative policy analysis with theoretical dialogue about the conceptual, institutional, normative, and political dimensions of a new kind of multilateral cooperation. Finally, the book concludes that by stimulating an intercultural dialogue which goes beyond a mere "rational choice" approach, we can foster progress through a better understanding of the opportunities and limitations offered by a pluralist, varied, post-hegemonic, and multilayered form of multilateral cooperation.
This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European/EU studies, economics, human rights, climate change, history, cultural studies, international relations, international political economy, security studies, and international law.
Mario Telò and Thomas Meyer
PART 1: Environmental Policy, Climate Change, and Ecological Civilization
1. Meeting sustainable development goals through a paradigm shift in the world pattern
Pan Jiahua and Yang Xinran
2. China’s global ecological civilization and multilateral environmental governance
3. Chinese power sector regulation: Key lessons for developing nations
Part 2: Trade Wars, Economic Cooperation, and Social Justice
4. The crisis of international trade, and its cultural and political implications: Is the EU's approach contributing to a renewal of multilateralism?
5. EU-China economic and trade relations in the hard times of the world economy
Ding Chun and Zhang Xiaotong
6. Towards a comprehensive approach to trade and social justice
Part 3: Which Global Governance and Multilateral Peacekeeping?
7. Multilateralism in crisis: A European perspective
8. Human security, climate change, and migration: A European perspective
Nuno Severiano Teixeira, Joana Castro Pereira, and Susana Ferreira
PART 4: Universalism vs. Relativism in Protecting Human Rights
9. Multiple modernities and universal human rights
10. Human rights and a "garden" of human community in the post-globalization era
11. The crisis of multilateralism and the future of human rights
André W. M. Gerrits
PART 5: Towards a New Multilateralism: Deepening the Conceptional Dimension
12. Multilateralism via inter-practicality: Institutions and relations
"Multilateral co-operation is in peril, yet as the Covid-19 emergency has demonstrated it is needed more than ever. This book, drawing on the expertise and perspectives of scholars from many different countries and cultures, notably from China, East-Asia, Europe and the Americas, explores the current threat to multilateral institutions from the rise of nationalism and the re-emergence of great power politics, and sets out the practical reforms and changes in discourse which are needed to renew the multilateral ideal. It makes a valuable contribution to a crucial debate."
Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield and University of Cambridge, UK
"Multilateralism is under threat: this timely and balanced volume considers how obstacles to its renewal can be overcome, and new regimes of collaboration born to reflect fast-changing international realities."
Louise Fawcett, University of Oxford, UK