This important book is an authoritative work of reference on the G20, G8 and G20 reform, and relevant information sources. Peter Hajnal thoroughly traces the origins of the G20, surveys the G20 finance ministers' meetings since 1999 and the series of G20 summits since 2008. He examines agenda-setting and agenda evolution, discusses the question of G20 membership and surveys the components of the G20 system. He goes on to analyze the relationship of the G20 with international governmental organizations, the business sector, and civil society and looks at the current relationship between the G8 and the G20. He also discusses how G20 performance can be monitored and evaluated. The book includes an extensive bibliography on the G20, G8/G20 reform, and issues of concern to the G20. The book is a companion volume to The G8 System and the G20: Evolution, Role and Documentation (Hajnal, 2007) and is an essential source for all scholars and students of the G20.
'Peter Hajnal’s new book offers an indispensable guide to the G20, a vital instrument in global governance. Its coverage is comprehensive, its conclusions are crisp and judicious and its bibliography is very thorough. Beginners in summitry will find it a godsend and even experts will learn new things.’ Sir Nicholas Bayne, KCMG; London School of Economics and Political Science, UK ’This is THE definitive book on the G20 - where it has come from, where it is at and how it got there. Peter Hajnal is thorough, logical and clear. He provides the big picture as well as the essential detail - a treasure trove for policy advisers and future researchers.’' Gordon Smith, Former Canadian G7/8 Sherpa
Contents: Preface; Introduction; The origins of the G20; Members and invitees, summit meetings, agenda; The evolving G20 system; Relations with international governmental organizations; Relations with the business sector; Relations with civil society; G8/G20 reform; Monitoring and evaluating G20 performance; G20 documentation; Other sources of information; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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:
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.