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Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century

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  • Date Published: February 2020
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108476966

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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.

    • Identifies the major weaknesses in the United Nations system and proposes fundamental reforms to address each one
    • Combines different perspectives and makes them accessible to a generalist readership
    • Written by authors with many decades of experience with the international system
    • This title is also available as Open Access
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    '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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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108476966
    • length: 558 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Background:
    1. The challenges of the twenty-first century
    2. A history of global governance
    3. European integration: building supranational institutions
    Part II. Reforming the Central Institutions of the United Nations:
    4. The general assembly: reforms to strengthen its effectiveness
    5. A world parliamentary assembly: a catalyst for change
    6. Advisory mechanisms to support global policy-making
    7. UN Executive Council: beyond an outdated paradigm
    8. Completing the collective security mechanism of the Charter: establishing an international peace force
    9. Towards systemic disarmament: resetting global priorities
    10. Strengthening the international rule of law
    11. Human rights for the twenty-first century
    12. A new UN funding mechanism
    Part III. Governance and the Management of Multiple Global Risks:
    13. UN specialized agencies and governance for global risks
    14. Economic governance for inequality and the private sector
    15. Global financial architecture and the international monetary fund
    16. Responding to global environmental crises
    17. Population and migration
    Part IV. Cross-cutting Issues:
    18. Corruption as a destroyer of prosperity and the need for international enforcement
    19. Education for transformation
    Part V. Foundations for a New Global Governance System:
    20. Values and principles for an enhanced international system: operationalizing global 'good governance'
    21. Some immediate steps forward: getting 'from here to there'
    Part VI. Conclusions:
    22. Bridging the governance gap.

  • Authors

    Augusto Lopez-Claros, Global Governance Forum
    Augusto Lopez-Claros is Senior Fellow in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington DC, former Director of the Global Indicators Group at the World Bank, and Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum. He is the author of Equality for Women = Prosperity for All (2018).

    Arthur L. Dahl, International Environment Forum
    Arthur L. Dahl is President of the International Environment Forum and a retired senior official of UN Environment. He is the author of The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis (1996) and Unless and Until: A Baha'i Focus on the Environment (1990).

    Maja Groff, Global Governance Forum
    Maja Groff is an international lawyer based in The Hague, assisting in the development and servicing of multilateral treaties for over a decade. She has drafted international legal policy documents and published academically on private and public international law, human rights and global governance, also teaching at The Hague Academy of International Law.

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