The world currently faces a number of challenges that no single country can solve. Whether it is managing a crisis-prone global economy, maintaining peace and stability, or trying to do something about climate change, there are some problems that necessitate collective action on the part of states and other actors. Global governance would seem functionally necessary and normatively desirable, but it is proving increasingly difficult to provide. This accessible introduction to, and analysis of, contemporary global governance explains what it is and the obstacles to its realization. Paying particular attention to the possible decline of American influence and the rise of China and a number of other actors, Mark Beeson explains why cooperation is proving difficult, despite its obvious need and desirability.
This is an essential text for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Global Governance or International Organizations, and is also important reading for those working on Political Economy, International Development and Globalization.
- Accessible introduction and analysis of contemporary global governance that balances breadth and depth
- Comprehensively covers the rise of China and the possible decline of the US
- Goes beyond a narrow focus on international organizations to set global governance in historical context
- Individual chapters on economic, strategic, and environmental governance
1: A brief history of global governance
2: The theoretical debate
3: The world the US built
4: Contested governance and the Chinese challenge
5: The rise of the rest?
6: Globalization and regionalization
7: Governing the global economy
8: Governing the global environment
9: Governing global security
10: The future of global governance.
In an increasingly uncertain global environment, with the rise of populism and the return of geopolitics, Beeson’s Rethinking Global Governance offers a refreshingly balanced and richly-informed assessment of the state of international cooperation as well as the prospects for world order. This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and policymakers alike. – Amitav Acharya, American University, USA
Given its fast-changing character, global governance always needs to be reconsidered. At last we have a book that re-engages with globalisation and makes sense of its multi-faceted impact on states and society. Theoretically informed and cogently written, Mark Beeson does more than re-think global governance, he makes dramatically obvious the political and economic consequences that we all will bear without a reformed and revitalised global governance. – Diane Stone, Centenary Professor, University of Canberra, Australia; University of Warwick, UK
If you are looking forward to better governance on key global issues, from security to economic governance to climate change, don’t hold your breath. If you want to better understand the huge challenges confronting such endeavours, read this book. Mark Beeson intelligently, and in a highly readable fashion, reviews a large literature and ponders the fraught nature of global governance in a world where the major powers in the US, China and Europe increasingly appear to be working at cross-purposes. – Stephen Bell, University of Queensland, Australia
Global change is coming, but not just from the top down or the outside in. While “global governance” usually refers to international organisations, regulatory complexes, transnational economic processes and the spread of globalising socio-political norms, Mark Beeson develops a broader, more multidimensional geopolitical framework, focusing on the systemic interaction of nation-states, non-state actors—including the private sector and non-governmental organisations—domestic politics and policy entrepreneurs in an evolving, interdependent world. – Philip G. Cerny, University of Manchester, UK
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