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The G20

Evolution, Interrelationships, Documentation, 1st Edition

By Peter Hajnal, Peter I. Hajnal


328 pages

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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

Table of Contents

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.

About the Authors

Peter I. Hajnal is a Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and Research Associate in Arts at Trinity College, 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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General