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Global Governance: What? Why? Whither?

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ISBN13: 9780745660462
Published: May 2013
Publisher: Polity Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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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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Public International Law
About the Author
Foreword by Craig N. Murphy Acknowledgments
List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations Introduction
1. Why Did Global Governance Emerge?
2. What Is Global Governance?
3. What Are Global Governance Gaps?
4. Knowledge Gaps
5. Normative Gaps
6. Policy Gaps
7. Institutional Gaps
8. Compliance Gaps
9. Whither Global Governance?
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