The Long Battle for Global Governance

By Stephen Buzdugan, Anthony Payne

© 2016 – Routledge

202 pages

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About the Book

The Long Battle for Global Governance charts the manner in which largely excluded countries, variously described as ‘ex-colonial’, ‘underdeveloped’, ‘developing’, ‘Third World’ and lately ‘emerging’, have challenged their relationship with the dominant centres of power and major institutions of global governance across each decade from the 1940s to the present.

The book offers a fresh perspective on global governance by focusing in particular on the ways in which these countries have organised themselves politically, the demands they have articulated and the responses that have been offered to them through all the key periods in the history of modern global governance. It re-tells this story in a different way and, in so doing, describes and analyses the current rise to a new prominence within several key global institutions, notably the G20, of countries such as Brazil, China, India and South Africa. It sets this important political shift against the wider history of longstanding tensions in global politics and political economy between so-called ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ countries.

Providing a comprehensive account of the key moments of change and contestation within leading international organisations and in global governance generally since the end of the Second World War, this book will be of great interest to scholars, students and policymakers interested in politics and international relations, international political economy, development and international organisations.


'Buzdugan and Payne have done the study of global governance a huge service, supplying in their new book an unusually thought-provoking consideration of where we are now and how we got here. Written with immense clarity of thought and argument, and combining wide sweep and careful detail, readers will find here a fresh and challenging take on the evolution and the politics of global governance, which deserves our fullest attention as we navigate what they call the ‘Great Uncertainty’ of the contemporary period.' - Nicola Phillips, University of Sheffield, UK

'This co-authored book is an academic tour de force. The work is impressive both in its thematic reach and rich detail. Key events over the last seven decades are reconfigured in terms of the evolution of global governance, with a careful eye to the struggles still ahead. In an era of uncertainty, Buzdugan and Payne offer clear insights about the historical record and recommendations concerning future advances.' - Andrew F. Cooper, Professor, the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Global Governance Framed Chapter 1. Bretton Woods and the Foundations of Modern Global Governance Chapter 2. The United Nations and the Emergence of the ‘Third World’ Chapter 3. The ‘Third World’ Challenge Chapter 4. The Neoliberal Turn Chapter 5. The Proclaimed New World Order Chapter 6. Towards Global Crisis. Conclusion: Global Governance amidst Great Uncertainty

About the Authors

Anthony Payne is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield UK

Stephen Buzdugan is a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, UK

Subject Categories

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