The Long Battle for Global Governance
Routledge – 2013 – 206 pages
Series: Global Institutions
This text examines the nature and dynamics of modern global governance and its institutions, from their inception in the mid-1940s to their current forms. It offers a fresh perspective on this topic by focusing its analysis on the growing involvement over this period of poor and middle-income countries (variously defined and described) in shaping the contours of global governance. The book analyses the manner in which such countries have been included and/or excluded in the institutions and processes of global governance through the concept of a ‘changing political map’, charting the manner in which these countries have challenged and ultimately related to the centres of power of global governance across each decade since the 1940s. In this way, the text focuses in particular on the ways in which poor and middle-income countries have organised themselves politically, the demands they have articulated and how these demands have or have not been met through all the key periods in the history of modern global governance. It thus charts the roots and explains the current rise to prominence within several key global institutions of countries such as Brazil, China, India and South Africa, setting this important political shift against the wider history of longstanding tensions in global politics between so-called ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ countries.
Introduction. 1. The formation of the Bretton Woods institutions 2. Decolonisation and afterwards. 3. The ‘New International Economic Order (NIEO)’. 4. The increasing pace of globalisation. 5. The changing map of global governance 6. The rise of the BRICs Conclusion.
Anthony Payne is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield UK. Stephen Buzdugan is ESRC Research Fellow, Centre for International Business and Innovation (CIBI), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.