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Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century
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Is there any hope for those who despair at the state of the world and the powerlessness of governments to find a way forward? Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century provides ambitious but reasonable proposals to give our globalized world the institutions of international governance necessary to address effectively the catastrophic risks facing humanity that are beyond national control. The solution, the authors suggest, is to extend to the international level the same principles of sensible governance that exist in well-governed national systems: rule of law, legislation in the common interest, an executive branch to implement such legislation, and courts to enforce it. The best protection is unified collective action, based on shared values and respect for diversity, to implement widely accepted international principles to advance universal human prosperity and well-being. This title is also available as Open Access.


'In this outstanding volume, Lopez-Claros, Dahl, and Groff document the existential challenges facing our global institutions, from environmental decline and the failure of existing international security mechanisms to mass population flows and the crisis of sovereignty and civil society engagement. The resulting landscape might seem hopeless and overwhelming, if not for the authors’ innovative, wide-ranging, and thought-provoking recommendations for reshaping existing institutions to expand their relevance and effectiveness. Their ideas for updating our six-decades-old structures include creating an international peace force, ratifying a United Nations Bill of Rights, reforming the UN Security Council and International Monetary Fund, establishing a civil society chamber, and beyond. Readers may not endorse every one of their suggestions, but they are invited into a fascinating game of ‘what if?’ and ‘why not?’ It is an invitation that should not be missed.'

Ambassador Donald Steinberg - Board member, Center for Strategic and International Studies

'The current UN-based world system of governance, largely formulated in the mid 20th century after the Second World War, is not up to dealing satisfactorily with 21st century problems. … The authors of this book suggest radical, even breathtaking, reforms to enable global governance to cope with current and prospective global problems, from keeping and enforcing peace, to inhibiting - if not preventing - financial crises, to protecting residents of all countries from governmental abuse, to mitigating and adapting to climate change. These are desirable objectives, not yet feasible in a world of nationalistic states devoted to narrow national sovereignty. But political leaders eventually die, and the authors take comfort that today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders, are much more conscious of today’s global problems. This book provides an illuminating and provoking starting point for expanding our institutional ability to solve them.'

Richard N. Cooper - Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics, Harvard University

'Lopez-Claros, Dahl, and Groff propose radical reforms to the charter that authorizes and rules the United Nations, and other methods of improving the current muddled state of global governance. Their case is persuasive. This book’s trenchant analysis of what ails the running of the globe should be read by policymakers everywhere, and certainly by those many citizens who concern themselves with fostering a better and more functional world. Change comes slowly, but this book is a prodding catalyst.'

Robert I. Rotberg - Harvard University, author of On Governance

'The bold idealism championed by Lopez-Claros, Dahl, and Groff is just what the planet needs, with not a moment to lose if we are to halt and reverse the trajectory of imminent disaster on which we have set ourselves. As a former Ambassador to the United Nations with first-hand experience on the UN Security Council, I applaud the vision laid out for transformational change grounded in past institutional experience.'

Amanda Ellis - Executive Director, Hawaii and Asia Pacific, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

'Global Governance is a book of exceptional breadth and vision, written for an unprecedented period in the historical evolution of humankind. Defying the cynicism and myopia that often define the political culture of our times, it dares to state the obvious truth that global interdependence is an inescapable reality, and that, far from naïve idealism, building effective global institutions in the 21st century is a matter of survival for our species.'

Payam Akhavan - McGill University, Montreal, Canada

'This volume makes a powerful call for action to transform the international institutions that govern human affairs. Grounded in rigorous historical exploration, it offers a vision for collective courage to change what we can and reimagine what we consider outmoded and inadequate. This is the blueprint for a new global architecture.'

Maria Ivanova - Director of Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston

'This pathbreaking work provides important insights for practitioners and scholars struggling to understand the economic, political, and scientific forces roiling the world. As humanity seeks ways, well beyond the traditional controls available to individual nation states, to manage problems which pose enormous risks as well as rich opportunities, this book points in promising directions.'

Dan Sarooshi QC - University of Oxford, and Essex Court Chambers, London

'Our world has long required an international force as an essential tool for conflict prevention, and yet such a force has always stumbled through inadequate means and half-hearted implementation. Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century provides a comprehensive set of proposals combining alternative dispute settlement mechanisms, phased disarmament, an International Peace Force adequate to the task, and paths to its implementation. As the risks of a major military confrontation increase, so too has the critical need to take these proposals seriously and work for their permanent implementation. There is no safe alternative.'

Lt Gen (ret) the Honourable Roméo Dallaire

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Page 1 of 2

  • Reviews
    pp i-ii
  • Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century
    pp iii-iv
  • Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century - Title page
    pp v-v
  • Copyright page
    pp vi-vi
  • Contents
    pp vii-viii
  • Preface
    pp ix-xii
  • Acknowledgments
    pp xiii-xiv
  • Part I - Background
    pp 1-78
  • 1 - The Challenges of the 21st Century
    pp 3-29
  • 2 - A History of Global Governance
    pp 30-64
  • 3 - European Integration: Building Supranational Institutions
    pp 65-78
  • Part II - Reforming the Central Institutions of the United Nations
    pp 79-290
  • 4 - The General Assembly: Reforms to Strengthen Its Effectiveness
    pp 81-106
  • 5 - A World Parliamentary Assembly: A Catalyst for Change
    pp 107-122
  • 6 - Advisory Mechanisms to Support Global Policymaking
    pp 123-130
  • 7 - UN Executive Council: Beyond an Outdated Paradigm
    pp 131-144
  • 9 - Toward Systemic Disarmament: Resetting Global Priorities
    pp 181-207
  • 10 - Strengthening the International Rule of Law
    pp 208-235
  • 11 - Human Rights for the Twenty-first Century
    pp 236-263
  • 12 - A New United Nations Funding Mechanism
    pp 264-290
  • Part III - Governance and the Management of Multiple Global Risks
    pp 291-388
  • 13 - UN Specialized Agencies and Governance for Global Risks
    pp 293-308
  • 14 - Economic Governance for Inequality and the Private Sector
    pp 309-336
  • 15 - Global Financial Architecture and the International Monetary Fund
    pp 337-359
  • 16 - Responding to Global Environmental Crises
    pp 360-378
  • 17 - Population and Migration
    pp 379-388
  • Part IV - Cross-Cutting Issues
    pp 389-430
  • 18 - Corruption as a Destroyer of Prosperity and the Need for International Enforcement
    pp 391-410
  • 19 - Education for Transformation
    pp 411-430

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