Globalisation, Multilateralism, Europe Towards a Better Global Governance?

Mario Telò
The Globalisation, Europe, Multilateralism Series

This Student-friendly textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to globalization studies and the European Union within a multipolar world. It provides its readers with critical analysis of the key concepts of multilateral global and regional governance and Europe’s role in the world; and this in an accessible and intelligible fashion. This volume collects contributions by eminent scholars from world class universities from five different continents. As such, this unique exercise in transnational multi-disciplinary cooperation, provides extensive coverage of the main issues pertaining to multilateral cooperation - notably its history, troubles, legitimacy challenges and efficiency questions - from a variety of national perspectives. The book covers the major issues confronting students of European and global studies, amongst which: pressing security challenges, new forms of institutionalized cooperation, shifting international trade flows, the notion of responsibility to protect, social imbalances and environmental emergencies, the need for less contingent forms of legitimacy for global regulation, as well as global public opinion and transnational civil society networks. Each chapter includes a summary of its salient points; methodological indications; illuminating illustrations; and a suggested list for further reading. This textbook strives to help students develop a better and more secure grasp of the innovative balance between interdisciplinary openness and disciplinary rigor when engaging with global governance studies, comparative regionalism, normative studies, international political economy or international law.

Contents: Foreword, Andrew Gamble; Introduction, Mario Telò; Part I Towards a Common Language: Critically Exploring Key Concepts: Globalization: trends, limits, and controversies, Min-hyung Kim and James Caporaso; The three historical epochs of multilateralism, Mario Telò; Which multipolarity? Power and world order, Chen Zhimin and Pan Zhongqi; Peculiarities of the European Union’s external action, René Schwok. Part II The State of Art: Disciplinary Approaches to Global Governance: Comparative institutionalisms, Vivien A. Schmidt; Normative approaches to global justice, Sebastiano Maffetone; International political economy, Matthew Watson; Legal studies and global governance, Nicolas Levrat; Comparative regional studies, Luk van Langenhove and Léonie Maes. Part III Efficiency and Legitimacy of the Global Multilateral System: the Institutional Set: Troubles with the UN, Paul Taylor; The pillars of the international trading system, Steven Woolcock; The IMF and the challenge of global monetary governance, Richard Higgott and Jessica Hodder; Global environmental governance, Jean-Frédéric Morin. Part IV Issues at Stake: The complex social side of globalisation, Chun Ding; New multilateralisms for regional development: Africa post-2015, Timothy M. Shaw and Hany Besada; Cultural conflicts, global governance and international institutions, Thomas Meyer; Civil society, global governance and the quest for legitimacy, Raffaele Marchetti; The responsibility to protect, Nico Schrijver; Regional security communities, Hideotoshi Nakamura; Interregional relations, Stephan Sberro; Multilateral institutions/regimes and the dissemination of WMD, Jane Boulden; Multilateralism and conflict management: assessing peace operations, Fulvio Attinà; Appendix, Sebastian Santander; Bibliography; Index.

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