Global Governance: Why? What? Whither?

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Friends and foes of international cooperation puzzle about how to explain order, stability, and predictability in a world without a central authority. How is the world governed in the absence of a world government?

This probing yet accessible book examines "global governance" or the sum of the informal and formal values, norms, procedures, and institutions that help states, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, and transnational corporations identify, understand, and address trans-boundary problems. The chasm between the magnitude of a growing number of global threats - climate change, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, financial instabilities, pandemics, to name a few - and the feeble contemporary political structures for international problem-solving provide compelling reasons to read this book. Fitful, tactical, and short-term local responses exist for a growing number of threats and challenges that require sustained, strategic, and longer-run global perspectives and action. Can the framework of global governance help us to better understand the reasons behind this fundamental disconnect as well as possible ways to attenuate its worst aspects? Thomas G. Weiss replies with a guardedly sanguine "yes".

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“If you are trying to understand and improve global policy, this is the place to start. Weiss takes the major issues on the global agenda and subjects them to a rigorous five-fold analysis that lets us see where the greatest gaps in the policy process really are. This is great food for thought with lots of suggestions for practical action.”
Craig N. Murphy, Wellesley College and University of Massachusetts Boston

“Global Governance is the most cogent, compelling, and engaging text yet written on this notoriously slippery and mystifying topic. Weiss knows the subject like few others and his passions and insights make for a page-turner. This book is a must read for anyone – student, scholar, and practitioner alike – interested in working out how the contemporary world is governed and how to make it a better place.”
Rorden Wilkinson, Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester

“Global Governance works across so many levels. It is a terrific summary of the history of the concept. It is a terrific synthesis of debates and perspectives. It also represents a stand-alone statement of how the past shapes and reshapes what sort of global governance is possible and desirable. As expected from the scholar who has done so much to put the concept on the table and enhance our understanding, Weiss is the ultimate guide.”
Michael Barnett, George Washington University

Friends and foes of international cooperation puzzle about how to explain order, stability, and predictability in a world without a central authority. How is the world governed in the absence of a world government?

This probing yet accessible book examines “global governance” or the sum of the informal and formal values, norms, procedures, practices, and institutions that help states, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, and transnational corporations identify, understand, and address trans-boundary problems. The chasm between the magnitude of a growing number of global threats – climate change, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, financial instabilities, pandemics, to name a few – and the feeble contemporary political structures for international problem-solving provides a compelling reason to read this book. Fitful, tactical, and short-term local responses exist for a growing number of threats and challenges that require sustained, strategic, and longer-run global perspectives and action. Can the framework of global governance help us to better understand the reasons behind this fundamental disconnect as well as possible ways to attenuate its worst aspects? Thomas G. Weiss replies with a guardedly sanguine “yes.”

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Thomas G. Weiss is one of the world’s leading authorities on the challenges and processes of global governance. Former President of the International Studies Association, Tom is currently Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. He is the author of two popular Polity titles on the UN and humanitarian intervention, both in their second edition.

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