Global Institutions

Series Editors: Thomas G. Weiss, Rorden Wilkinson

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.


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.

  • The Bank for International Settlements

    The Politics of Global Financial Supervision in the Age of High Finance

    By Kevin V Ozgercin

    Despite playing a pivotal role in the liberalization and globalization of finance since the late 1950s, and being the principal center for bank supervision, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is perhaps the most obscure and under-researched of the major global financial institutions.…

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  • Coping with Nuclear Weapons

    Issues and Global Institutions

    By W. Pal Sidhu

    In the recent past there have been several high-profile unilateral, bilateral and multilateral declarations calling for a world free of nuclear weapons, further efforts to prevent proliferation and initiatives to secure nuclear material from falling into the hands of non-state actors, particularly…

    Paperback – 2016-06-29 
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  • Reforming the UN Development System

    The Politics and Paralysis of Incrementalism

    By Silke Weinlich

    This book is as about the UN development system and the never-ending quest for its reform. It will show how member states as financers, principals, and recipients of UN development assistance set significant limits to any increases in the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the UN…

    Hardback – 2016-06-14 
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  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    Politics of Conditional Lending, 2nd Edition

    By James Raymond Vreeland

    This is a clear and concise introduction to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and an overview of its debates and controversies. Where did the IMF come from? What does it do? Why do so many governments participate in its programs and what are their effects? How can we best reform this key…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31 
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  • International Criminal Court

    The Politics and Practice of Prosecuting Atrocity Crimes

    By Martin Mennecke

    In July 1998, at a diplomatic conference in Rome, the states took a historic decision: with 120-7 votes it was decided to establish the International Criminal Court (ICC). Never before had there been a permanent international court to hold accountable those responsible for war crimes, crimes…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31 
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  • The International Organization for Migration

    Challenges and Complexities of a Rising Humanitarian Actor

    By Megan Bradley

    There are now more refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) uprooted by conflict than at any time since the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia in the early 1990s. In addition, hundreds of thousands of people are displaced every year by natural disasters. In International Organization for…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31 
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  • The International Committee of the Red Cross

    A Neutral Humanitarian Actor, 2nd Edition

    By David P. Forsythe

    Paperback – 2016-05-31 
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  • International Migration

    By Khalid Koser

    International migration has always mattered, but today it matters more than ever before. The increasing importance of migration derives from its growing scale and its widening global reach, but also from a number of new dynamics. These include the feminization of migration, the growth of so-called…

    Paperback – 2016-05-14 
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  • The UN Global Compact

    By Catia Gregoratti

    This book opens up the black-box of the UN Global Compact – the archetypical corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative anchored within the United Nations. It appraises the ten-year history, governance, and engagement mechanisms of this unique UN initiative. Building on extensive empirical…

    Paperback – 2016-05-14 
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  • The BRICS in a Changing International System

    Emerging Structures of Global Governance

    By Mônica Herz, João Pontes Nogueira

    The accelerated growth of the economies of Brazil, China, India and Russia illustrates that a significant change in the distribution of global economic power is under way, and this volume provides a succinct and comprehensive guide to this important group of nations. The book seeks to…

    Paperback – 2016-05-14 
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  • UN Security Council

    Practice and Promise, 2nd Edition

    By Edward C. Luck

    Written by best-selling author Edward C. Luck, this new text is broad and engaging enough for undergraduates, sophisticated enough for graduates and lively enough for a wider audience interested in the key institutions of international public policy. Looking at the antecedents of the UN…

    Paperback – 2016-04-29 
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  • International Institutions of the Middle East

    The GCC, Arab League and Arab Maghreb Union

    By James Worrall

    Given the world’s recent attention on the Middle East because of the Arab Spring, it is important to examine the role played by the International Organisations of the region in its governance. This book aims to be the key introductory volume for understanding the regional IOs of the Middle East.…

    Paperback – 2016-04-29 
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  • Protecting the Internally Displaced

    Rhetoric and Reality

    By Philip Orchard

    Today, there are some 28.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in sixty-two states throughout the world. Refugees, outside of their own state and unable to count on its protection, are provided protection through an international refugee regime based in law and organizations such as the…

    Hardback – 2016-04-29 
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  • Mercy and Mercenaries

    Humanitarian Agencies and Private Security Companies

    By Peter J. Hoffman

    Since the end of the Cold War attacks on aid workers have surged as they have come to be viewed by some militants as a prized political targets and by criminals as lucrative resources to extort from or ransom. In response humanitarian agencies have struggled to determine with what measures are…

    Paperback – 2016-04-19 
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  • The Politics of Global Economic Surveillance

    By Martin Edwards

    The global economic crisis has certainly tested the international economic organizations, particularly the IMF and the WTO. The London G20 Summit committed the members to strengthen IMF surveillance as a means to better discipline economic policies. At the same time, the Fund’s own Independent…

    Hardback – 2016-04-14 
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  • China & Global Governance

    The Dragon’s Learning Curve

    Edited by Scott Kennedy

    This comprehensive new work offers a systematic analysis of growing Chinese engagement in global governance institutions during the past three decades. During this period, Chinese have gone from outsiders to observers to active participants in just about every realm of governance. However, there is…

    Paperback – 2016-04-14 
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  • The World Bank

    From Reconstruction to Development to Equity, 2nd Edition

    By Katherine Marshall

    The World Bank is one of the most important and least understood major international institutions. The fully updated second edition of this book continues to provide the most concise, accessible and comprehensive overview of the World Bank's history, development, structure, functionality…

    Paperback – 2016-04-14 
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  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

    For a People Centered Development Agenda?

    By Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

    Millennium Development Goals (MDG) constitute one of the most important global institutions today because of their origins, their ambitions and their effective role in shaping international development efforts. In developing this argument, Sakiko Fukada-Parr analyzes: whether the goals are…

    Paperback – 2016-03-14 
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  • UN Security Council Reform

    By Peter Nadin

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  • Regional Development Banks

    Edited by Jonathan Strand

    The regional development banks (RDBs) are important global institutions but often are overshadowed by more widely studied institutions such as the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF). In the past decade, high profile protests against World Bank, IMF, and World Trade Organization…

    Hardback – 2016-02-29 
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  • Human Development

    By Richard Ponzio

    The purpose of the book is to examine the conceptual evolution of ‘social development’ during the post-colonial era, and to see how various institutions of the UN system have tried to engage with this issue, both in terms of intellectual and technical advance, and operationally. The book examines…

    Paperback – 2016-02-29 
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  • Constructivism and Global Governance

    By Alice D. Ba, Matthew J. Hoffmann

    This volume provides a clear, comprehensive introduction to social constructivism for use in making sense of global governance. By elucidating processes of social construction—how different actors come to be authoritative rule-makers, how diverse norms and practices come to define global rules, and…

    Paperback – 2016-02-29 
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  • Gender, Women & the United Nations (UN)

    By Charlotte Patton, Carolyn Stephenson

    Women’s institutions in the United Nations and women’s movements worldwide have worked together to change the status of women in the world. The change in the status of women has been associated with other major changes, in democracy, literacy, birth rates, and international security. Scholars and…

    Paperback – 2016-01-31 
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  • Brazil as a Rising Power

    Intervention Norms and the Contestation of Global Order

    Edited by Philip Cunliffe, Kai Michael Kenkel

    Hardback – 2016-01-31 
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  • The Long Battle for Global Governance

    By Anthony Payne, Stephen Buzdugan

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-01-14 
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  • The Arctic Council

    Governance Within the Far North

    By Douglas Nord

    Over the past two decades, the Arctic has evolved from being a remote region in international affairs to becoming an increasingly central concern of the global community. The issues of climate change, access to new energy resources, the development of new global trade routes, the protection of the…

    Hardback – 2016-01-14 
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  • Summits & Regional Governance

    The Americas in Comparative Perspective

    Edited by Gordon Mace, Jean-Philippe Therien, Diana Tussie, Olivier Dabène

    Despite the large number of regional and global summits there is very little known about the functioning and impact of this particular type of diplomatic practice. While recognizing that the growing importance of summits is a universal phenomenon, this volume takes advantage of the richness of the…

    Hardback – 2015-11-25 
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  • NGOs and Global Trade

    Non-State Voices in EU Trade Policymaking

    By Erin Hannah

    International trade continues to be a focal point for political and social contestation. The extension of World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements into new areas such as investment, services and intellectual property rights engendered massive conflict and rendered ongoing negotiations infinitely…

    Hardback – 2015-11-19 
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  • The United Nations as a Knowledge System

    By Nanette Svenson

    This book seeks to explore how the UN has generated, warehoused, disseminated, structured, packaged, expanded, transferred and leveraged its vast resources of accumulated information and experience throughout the decades and, particularly, since the start of the 21st century with the introduction…

    Hardback – 2015-11-11 
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  • Expert Knowledge in Global Trade

    Edited by Erin Hannah, James Scott, Silke Trommer

    This book explores tensions in global trade by examining the role of experts in generating, disseminating and legitimating knowledge about the possibilities of trade to work for global development. To this end, contributors assess authoritative claims on knowledge. They also consider structural…

    Hardback – 2015-10-27 
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  • World Trade Organization (WTO)

    Law, Economics, and Politics, 2nd Edition

    By Bernard M. Hoekman, Petros C. Mavroidis

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) is one of the most important international organizations in existence today. It contains a set of disciplines that affect the ability of governments to impose trade restrictions, and has helped to support the steady expansion of international trade since the 1950s…

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  • Global Consumer Organizations

    By Karsten Ronit

    As corporate activity continues to expand in line with the continued globalization of the economy there is an increasing demand for establishing rules to regulate the trans-boundary activities of firms and their many and complex relations with consumers. Until now, sources of knowledge in this…

    Paperback – 2015-10-13 
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  • Women and Girls Rising

    Progress and resistance around the world

    Edited by Ellen Chesler, Terry McGovern

    A growing body of evidence demonstrates that improvements in the status of women and girls – however worthy and important in their own right – also drive the prosperity, stability, and security of families, communities, and nations. Yet despite many indicators of progress, women and girls…

    Paperback – 2015-07-06
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  • The African Union

    Addressing the challenges of peace, security, and governance, 2nd Edition

    By Samuel M. Makinda, F. Wafula Okumu, David Mickler

    Fully revised and updated, the second edition of The African Union continues to offer the most comprehensive overview of the work of the African Union (AU), with special emphasis on its capacity to meet the challenges of building and sustaining governance institutions and security mechanisms. This…

    Paperback – 2015-07-05
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  • International Aid

    By Paul Mosley

    The book provides an up-to-date overview of the politics by which aid flows are determined and of their impact on development, from the level of the global economy down to the individual household. There is a particular focus on the promise of the Millennium Development Goals to ‘make poverty…

    Paperback – 2015-06-29
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  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization

    The Enduring Alliance, 2nd Edition

    By Julian Lindley-French

    Continuing to provide a concise approach to this crucial organization, the second edition of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization: The Enduring Alliance is fully updated to take in the developments since 2007, with key additions including: Discussion of NATO’s place in a changing world…

    Paperback – 2015-06-21
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  • Contemporary Human Rights Ideas

    Rethinking theory and practice, 2nd Edition

    By Bertrand G. Ramcharan

    Written by a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2003–4), this book has been fully updated for a second edition and continues to provide a much needed, short and accessible introduction to the foundational human rights ideas of our times and shows that every government is under…

    Paperback – 2015-06-17
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  • The Organization of Islamic Cooperation

    Politics, Problems, and Potential

    By Turan Kayaoglu

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the world’s leading international Islamic organization. Turan Kayaoglu provides the first accessible and concise introduction and overview of this important organization. This book details the OIC’s struggle to address popular…

    Hardback – 2015-06-08
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  • Governing Climate Change

    2nd Edition

    By Harriet Bulkeley, Peter Newell

    Governing Climate Change, Second Edition, provides a short and accessible introduction to how climate change is governed by an increasingly diverse range of actors, from civil society and market actors to multilateral development banks, donors, and cities. This updated edition also includes:…

    Paperback – 2015-05-28
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  • The Politics of International Organizations

    Views from insiders

    Edited by Patrick Weller, Xu Yi-chong

    International organisations (IOs) often receive a bad press, seen as intrusive, domineering and unresponsive to the needs of the people and countries they are meant to serve. The best way to understand the operation of these international organisations is to bring together those who represent their…

    Hardback – 2015-05-25
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  • European Union and Environmental Governance

    By Henrik Selin, Stacy D. VanDeveer

    Over the past five decades, the European Union (EU) has developed into the most legally and politically authoritative regional organization in the world, wielding significant influence across a wide range of issue areas. European Union and Environmental Governance focuses on the growing global role…

    Paperback – 2015-05-11
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  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Norms, Strategic Framing, and Intervention

    Lessons for the Responsibility to Protect

    By Melissa Labonte

    The human rights and humanitarian landscape of the modern era has been littered with acts that have shocked the moral conscience of mankind, and there has been wide variation in whether, how, and to what degree states respond to mass atrocity crimes, even when they share similar characteristics. In…

    Paperback – 2015-04-26
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  • United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations

    Corporate Conduct and the Public Interest

    By Khalil Hamdani, Lorraine Ruffing

    The United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations (UNCTC) was established in 1975 and abolished in 1992. It was an early effort by the UN to address the overlapping issues of national sovereignty, corporate responsibility and global governance. These issues have since multiplied and deepened…

    Hardback – 2015-03-30
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  • Global Corporations in Global Governance

    By Christopher May

    This book offers a concise and accessible overview and analysis of the place of large multinational and regional corporations in the political economy of global governance.May argues that not only do corporations have an impact on the institutions of global governance, but they must…

    Paperback – 2015-03-15
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  • International Judicial Institutions

    The architecture of international justice at home and abroad, 2nd Edition

    By Richard J. Goldstone, Adam M. Smith

    This fully-updated and much expanded second edition provides a much needed, short and accessible introduction to the current debates in international humanitarian law. Written by a former UN Chief Prosecutor and a leading international law expert, this book analyses the legal and political…

    Paperback – 2015-03-11
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  • Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding

    Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, and East Timor

    By Daisaku Higashi

    Peacebuilding is a critical issue in world politics. Surprisingly, however, there has not been a full examination of concrete policies and implementation strategies to generate legitimacy in "host states" by either international relations (IR) theorists or practitioners. The objective of this book…

    Hardback – 2015-03-02
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  • The NGO Challenge for International Relations Theory

    Edited by William E. DeMars, Dennis Dijkzeul

    It has become commonplace to observe the growing pervasiveness and impact of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). And yet the three central approaches in International Relations (IR) theory, Liberalism, Realism and Constructivism, overlook or ignore the importance of NGOs, both theoretically and…

    Paperback – 2015-02-18
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  • Global Poverty

    Global governance and poor people in the Post-2015 Era, 2nd Edition

    By David Hulme

    Around 1.4 billion people presently live in extreme poverty, and yet despite this vast scale, the issue of global poverty had a relatively low international profile until the end of the 20th century. In this important new work, Hulme charts the rise of global poverty as a priority global issue, and…

    Paperback – 2015-02-09
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  • Rising Powers, Global Governance and Global Ethics

    Edited by Jamie Gaskarth

    Two of the dominant themes of discussion in international relations scholarship over the last decade have been global governance and rising powers. Underlying both discussions are profound ethical questions about how the world should be ordered, who is responsible for addressing global problems,…

    Paperback – 2015-01-25
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