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Can the World Be Governed?

Possibilities for Effective Multilateralism

Alan S. Alexandroff

Publication Year: 2008

In this book, leading international relations experts and practitioners examine through theory and case study the prospect for successful multilateral management of the global economy and international security. In the theory section contributors tackle the big questions: Why is there an apparent rising tide of calls for reform of current multilateral organizations and institutions? Why are there growing questions over the effectiveness of global governance? Is the reform of current organizations and institutions likely or possible? Case studies include the examination of difficulties facing global development, the challenges facing the IMF and the governance of global finance, the problems of the UN 2005 World Summit and its failed reform, and the WTO and the questions raised by the prolonged Doha Development Round.

Co-published with the Centre for International Governance Innovation

Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Series: Studies in International Governance


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pp. v-vi

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pp. 1-16

"With evident editor’s prejudice, I believe this volume on global governance reform fits well within that mandate; I also believe it achieves a degree of success. The evolution of the volume and its chapters on global governance reform require some elaboration. Assembling the authors and their various..."

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Incentive Compatibility and Global Governance: Existential Multilateralism, a Weakly Confederal World, and Hegemony

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pp. 17-84

"The twentieth century was the century of international institutions. Although some international organizations can trace their origins back to the nineteenth century, and international institutions more broadly go back centuries, the number grew tremendously in the past hundred years. In 1909,..."

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A Grand Coalition and International Governance

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pp. 85-109

"Current proposals to reform the United Nations Security Council by admitting Germany or Japan to permanent member status are unlikely to be accepted. Reform of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to give Far Eastern nations, particularly China, more voting leverage also will not..."

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America and the Reform of Global Institutions

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pp. 110-138

"America is deeply ambivalent about international rules and institutions. In the decade after World War II, the United States was the leading architect and champion of global multilateral governance. It led the way in an unprecedented burst of global institution building—establishing the..."

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Two Challenges to Institutionalism

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pp. 139-159

"This century has seen no shortage of effort to think about how to improve the workings of global governance. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration’s unilateralist response, the blowback from this response, and the rise of China and India have all posed challenges to..."

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International Institutions and Collective Authorization of the Use of Force

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pp. 160-195

"The authors of the United Nations Charter proposed that the organization should seek to 'save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.' Understandably, they had in mind avoiding world wars and other large interstate conflicts. Sixty years later, there have been hardly any..."

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Multilateralism on Trial: From the 2005 UN Summit to Today’s Reality

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pp. 196-240

"Interdependence is an accepted fact. It is giving rise to a great yearning for a sense of global purpose, underpinned by global values, to overcome challenges, global in nature. But we are woefully short of the instruments to make multilateral action effective. We acknowledge the interdependent reality. We can sketch the purpose and describe the values. What we lack is capacity, capability, the concerted means to act. We..."

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Facing the Global Problems of Development

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pp. 241-288

"One of the most important problems facing the world today is the failure of Africa to develop. Concern about the nature of the problem usually focuses on poverty and mortality. In this paper, however, I attempt to shift focus by arguing that enlightened self-interest should propel the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development..."

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Can the Trading System Be Governed? Institutional Implications of the WTO’s Suspended Animation

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pp. 289-352

"Does the World Trade Organization (WTO) need to be fixed? The effort to launch and conclude the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations (formally the Doha Development Agenda) has stumbled from one ministerial conference to another. At the end of June 2006, after missing one selfimposed..."

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Slipping into Obscurity: Crisis and Institutional Reform at the IMF

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pp. 353-388

"What a difference a decade can make. Ten years ago, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was seen as one of the most influential international organizations. Today, top policy makers warn that the IMF might 'slip into obscurity' (King 2006, 3). A far-reaching debate about the IMF’s future role and purpose is now under way. In the background to the reform..."

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A Comment on the Effective Possibilities of Multilateralism

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pp. 389-402

"Reform has become something of a buzzword in debates about international organization and global governance. The United Nations needs reform, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and so on. But what does reform mean to the various parties..."

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pp. 403-416

"Can the world be governed? After all the chapters in this volume, one might think that the answer was obvious. Yet, even with the views of the international relations experts expressed in these pages and the recommendations of the extensive literature on global governance reform to which they refer, uncertainty remains."


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pp. 417-422


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pp. 423-438

E-ISBN-13: 9781554580675
Print-ISBN-13: 9781554580415
Print-ISBN-10: 1554580412

Page Count: 444
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: Studies in International Governance
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OCLC Number: 236160333
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  • International economic relations.
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