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Contemporary Global Governance

Multipolarity vs New Discourses on Global Governance


Dries Lesage and Pierre Vercauteren

This book explores two dimensions of contemporary global governance. The first part looks at the relationship between multipolarity and global governance. Thus the position of major players in global governance – namely China, Russia, the Trilateral Dialogue Forum of India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA), Japan and the EU – is examined. The second part takes a look at particular discourses that inform the debate about global governance. In this context, the book investigates issues such as the relationship between global governance and democracy, global governance and security thinking, and the way international institutions influence national policy.
This volume builds on research activities within the network REGIMEN (Research Network on International Governance, Globalization and the Transformation of the State).
Contents: Dries Lesage/Pierre Vercauteren: Introduction – Dries Lesage: Global Governance and Multipolarity. An Exploration of the Challenge – Gustaaf Geeraerts/Jonathan Holslag: China Engages the World – Andrei P. Tsygankov: Russia in Global Governance. Multipolarity or Multilateralism – Ian Taylor: Growing Multipolarity, Coalitions and Global Governance. The India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum – Elena Atanassova-Cornelis: Redefining National Interest. Japanese Security Policy and the Challenge of Global Governance – Sven Biscop: Global Public Goods. Engine of a Comprehensive EU Security Strategy – Pierre Vercauteren: Which Relationships Exist between Global Governance and Global Democracy? Convergence or Divergence? – Barbara Delcourt/Nina Wilén: The Creation of a Democratic Caucus within the UN and the Reform of the Human Rights Commission – Tine Vandervelden: The UN at 60. Assessing the Feasibility of a Global Security Consensus – Teun Van de Voorde: Between Discourse and Reality. The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy – Francine Mestrum: Development and Poverty, Peace and Security. Poverty Reduction and Millennium Development Goals in the Framework of Global Governance – Yves Palau: The Concept of Public Governance within the OECD. A Standard for Rationalising Policies – James N. Rosenau: Conclusions. Governing the Ungovernable. The Challenge of a Global Disaggregation of Authority.