The Group of 7/8

By Hugo Dobson

© 2006 – Routledge

140 pages

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About the Book

Part of Routledge’s leading Global Institutions Series, this book is a highly accessible, up-to-date introduction to the history, present and future of the G7/8 summits, exploring the role that the G8 plays and will play in global governance.

Hugo Dobson examines the G8 and its position in global governance in terms of its relationship to the more formal and truly institutionalized mechanisms of global governance: the United Nations, World Bank and World Trade Organization.

Divided into six informative chapters, this volume provides an innovative contribution to the dynamics of global governance and is especially relevant to promoting this area of investigation in the future. It includes:

  • history and development of the summit; organization and functioning; perspectives of member states; achievements and failures; criticisms and challenges and future directions
  • draws upon existing literature in order to provide the reader with a single more concise point-of entry
  • acts as a guide to the broader field of research and provides suggested further reading.

The Group of 7/8 is a core introductory guide and an essential purchase for students and professionals alike in the field of international relations.

Table of Contents

1. History and Development 2. Organization and Functioning 3. Perspectives of Member States 4. Achievements and Challenges 5. Criticisms and Challenges 6. Future Directions

About the Author

Hugo Dobson is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Japanese Studies, School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield.

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 three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • 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.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

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:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization