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.

  • 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…

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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 – 2016-03-01 
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  • NGOs and Global Trade

    Non-State Voices in EU Trade Policymaking

    By Erin Hannah

    In a deeply iniquitous world, where the gains from trade are distributed unevenly and where trade rules often militate against progressive social values, human health, and sustainable development, NGOs are widely touted as our best hope for redressing these conditions. As a critical voice of the…

    Hardback – 2016-02-26 
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  • The Arctic Council

    Governance Within the Far North

    By Douglas C. Nord

    This book helps us to think carefully about how this area of the world should be best handled in the future by offering a concise and accessible introduction to the Arctic Council. Over the past two decades, the Arctic has evolved from being a remote region in international affairs to becoming an…

    Hardback – 2016-02-26 
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  • Human Development and Global Institutions

    Evolution, Impact, Reform

    By Richard Ponzio, Arunabha Ghosh

    This book provides a timely and accessible introduction to the foundational ideas associated with the human development school of thought. It examines its conceptual evolution during the post-colonial era, and discusses how various institutions of the UN system have tried to engage with this issue,…

    Paperback – 2016-02-25 
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  • Brazil as a Rising Power

    Intervention Norms and the Contestation of Global Order

    Edited by Kai Michael Kenkel, Philip Cunliffe

    This book examines the normative tensions inherent in upward mobility within the international system, focusing particularly on the clash between sovereign self-interest and the putatively universal norms associated with international interventions. It provides extensive detail and deep analysis of…

    Hardback – 2016-02-04 
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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 – 2016-02-01 
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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 – 2015-11-26 
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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 – 2015-11-12 
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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…

    Paperback – 2015-10-28 
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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 – 2015-09-17 
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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 – 2015-09-15 
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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 – 2015-07-07
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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 – 2015-07-06
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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 – 2015-06-22
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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 – 2015-06-18
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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 – 2015-06-09
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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 – 2015-05-29
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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 – 2015-05-26
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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 – 2015-05-12
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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 – 2015-04-27
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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 – 2015-03-31
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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 – 2015-03-16
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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 – 2015-03-12
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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 – 2015-03-03
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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 – 2015-02-19
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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 – 2015-02-10
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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 – 2015-01-26
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  • Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations

    Edited by Dan Plesch, Thomas G. Weiss

    The creation of the UN system during World War II is a largely unknown or forgotten story among contemporary decision makers, international relations specialists, and policy analysts. This book aims to recover the wartime history of the United Nations and explore how the forgotten past can shed…

    Paperback – 2015-01-13
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  • 21st Century Democracy Promotion in the Americas

    Standing up for the Polity

    By Jorge Heine, Brigitte Weiffen

    This volume examines the promotion and defense of democracy in the Americas. Taking the Inter-American Democratic Charter (IADC) of 2001 as a baseline, it charts the evolution of the issue over the past decade. Although it considers historical antecedents, the main focus of the book is on key…

    Paperback – 2014-09-29
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  • The BRICS and Coexistence

    An Alternative Vision of World Order

    Edited by Cedric de Coning, Thomas Mandrup, Liselotte Odgaard

    The grouping consisting of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) was initially meant to be nothing more than clever investment jargon referring to the largest and most attractive emerging economies. However, these countries identified with the BRIC concept, and started to meet annually as a group…

    Hardback – 2014-09-23
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  • Making Global Institutions Work

    Edited by Kate Brennan

    This book seeks to think differently about what we recognize as "global institutions" and how they could work better for the people who need them most. By so doing, the contributions show that there is a group of institutions that influence enough people’s lives in significant enough ways through…

    Hardback – 2014-09-18
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  • India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA)

    The Rise of the Global South

    By Oliver Stuenkel

    The establishment of the IBSA as one of the principal platforms of South-South cooperation is one of the most notable developments in international politics during the first decade of the twenty-first century. While the concept is now frequently referred to in discussions about the Global South,…

    Hardback – 2014-09-02
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  • Who Participates in Global Governance?

    States, bureaucracies, and NGOs in the United Nations

    By Molly Ruhlman

    Why are non-state actors sometimes granted participation rights in international organizations? This book argues that IOs, and the states that compose them, systematically pursue their interests when granting participation rights to NSAs. This book demonstrates that NSAs have long been…

    Hardback – 2014-08-18
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  • Post-2015 UN Development

    Making Change Happen?

    Edited by Stephen Browne, Thomas G Weiss

    In 2000, at the United Nations Millennium Summit, world leaders agreed to the Millennium Declaration. The Declaration included development targets to be reached by 2015, which were to become known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Progress has been made towards the achievement of the MDGs…

    Paperback – 2014-07-15
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  • The Security Council as Global Legislator

    Edited by Vesselin Popovski, Trudy Fraser

    Security Council resolutions have undergone an important evolution over the last two decades. While continuing its traditional role of determining state-specific threats to peace and engaging accordingly in various peaceful or coercive measures, the Security Council has also adopted resolutions…

    Hardback – 2014-07-03
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  • UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)

    Global Governance That Works

    By Richard Jolly

    This book provides an in-depth analysis of UNICEF’s development and operations, whilst exploring the significance of UNICEF’s achievements and the reasons behind them. UNICEF is one of the best known organizations of the United Nations system and the oldest of the UN’s development funds. It is…

    Paperback – 2014-03-27
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  • Private Foundations and Development Partnerships

    American Philanthropy and Global Development Agendas

    By Michael Moran

    This book explores the influence of private United States (US) philanthropic foundations in the governance of global problems. Through a close scrutiny of four high profile case studies of public-private collaboration, the work addresses the vacuum present in global governance scholarship regarding…

    Hardback – 2014-01-06
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  • The International Politics of Human Rights

    Rallying to the R2P Cause?

    Edited by Monica Serrano, Thomas G. Weiss

    The responsibility to protect (R2P) is at a crossroads, the latest in a journey that is only ten years old. This book present debates on the prevention of mass atrocities to R2P’s normative prospects. The book addresses key questions as a way to inform and drive on-going conversations about R2P.…

    Paperback – 2013-12-13
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  • Feminist Strategies in International Governance

    Edited by Gülay Caglar, Elisabeth Prügl, Susanne Zwingel

    The struggle for women’s rights and to overcome gender oppression has long engaged the efforts of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. Feminist Strategies in International Governance provides a new introduction to the contemporary forms of this struggle. It brings together the…

    Paperback – 2013-12-12
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  • Non-Governmental Development Organizations and the Poverty Reduction Agenda

    The moral crusaders

    By Jonathan J. Makuwira

    The Non-Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs) have, over the past two decades, entered centre stage in their active participation in the social, political and economic issues affecting both the developing and developed world. This book offers a highly stimulating and concise summary of the…

    Paperback – 2013-11-26
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  • Corporate Social Responsibility

    The Role of Business in Sustainable Development

    By Oliver F. Williams

    Over the last 30 years, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a household term, reflecting a combination of factors that we have come to associate with that most catch-all of terms "globalization," including the widespread popular concern with such social issues as the environment and…

    Paperback – 2013-11-12
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  • The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)

    Cooperative governance for network innovation, standards, and community

    By Susan V. Scott, Markos Zachariadis

    This book traces the history and development of a mutual organization in the financial sector called SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. Over the last forty years, SWIFT has served the financial services sector as proprietary communications platform, provider of…

    Hardback – 2013-10-21
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  • Integrating Africa

    Decolonization's Legacies, Sovereignty and the African Union

    By Martin Welz

    The African Union (AU) is a continental organization that comprises every African state except for Morocco, is indeed a pioneering undertaking. Its ambitious aim is to integrate all member states, with the ultimate goal of forming the United States of Africa. Despite several attempts to build a…

    Paperback – 2013-10-16
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  • The Council of Europe

    Structure, History and Issues in European Politics

    By Martyn Bond

    The book provides a succinct and much needed introduction to the Council of Europe from its foundation through the early conventions on human rights and culture to its expansion into the fields of social affairs, environment and education. Founded in 1949 within a month of NATO, the Council of…

    Paperback – 2013-09-23
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  • Reducing Armed Violence with NGO Governance

    By Rodney Bruce Hall

    NGOs have proliferated in number and become increasingly influential players in world politics in the past three decades. From the 1970s, with the access of social movements and private NGOs to local and international institutions, NGOs have enjoyed an opening to bring impact global policy debates.…

    Paperback – 2013-09-13
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  • Transformations in Trade Politics

    Participatory Trade Politics in West Africa

    By Silke Trommer

    This book examines the evolution and application of participatory trade politics in West Africa and discusses the theoretical implications for political economy and global governance approaches to trade policy-making. The author traces the involvement of a network of West African global justice…

    Hardback – 2013-08-21
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  • Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court

    Committing to the Court

    By Yvonne Dutton

    In this new work, Dutton examines the ICC and whether and how its enforcement mechanism influences state membership and the court’s ability to realize treaty goals, examining questions such as: Why did states decide to create the ICC and design the institution with this uniquely strong…

    Hardback – 2013-05-09
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  • Global Institutions of Religion

    Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers

    By Katherine Marshall

    This work fills a significant gap in the current literature by providing a concise introduction to religious institutions and an insightful analysis of their role in world affairs. Focusing on formal institutions specifically dedicated to governing religious communities, the work examines the…

    Paperback – 2013-02-25
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  • Crisis of Global Sustainability

    By Tapio Kanninen

    This concise and informative text provides a critical history of the concept of sustainability and the various institutional measures taken to promote, implement and enforce sustainable development, proposing new organizational solutions to deal with the crisis of sustainability. Crisis of Global…

    Paperback – 2012-12-18
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