Skip to Content

Book Series

Global Institutions

Series Editor: Thomas G. Weiss, Rorden Wilkinson

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Manchester, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

New and Published Books

31-40 of 84 results in Global Institutions
  1. African Economic Institutions

    By Kwame Akonor

    Series: Global Institutions

    This book analyzes how, and under what conditions, African International Economic Organizations (IEO) have evolved, and what individual and collective contributions, if any, these African IEOs have had on Africa’s socio-economic development. Providing a comprehensive and accessible overview, the...

    Published September 15th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Responsibility to Protect

    Cultural Perspectives in the Global South

    Edited by Rama Mani, Thomas G. Weiss

    Series: Global Institutions

    This volume explores in a novel and challenging way the emerging norm of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), initially adopted by the United Nations World Summit in 2005 following significant debate throughout the preceding decade. This work seeks to uncover whether this norm and its founding...

    Published September 7th 2011 by Routledge

  3. United Nations Development Programme and System (UNDP)

    By Stephen Browne

    Series: Global Institutions

    This volume provides a short and accessible introduction to the organization that serves as the primary coordinator of the work of the UN system throughout the developing world –the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The book: traces the origins and evolution of UNDP, outlining how a...

    Published July 7th 2011 by Routledge

  4. The Organization of American States (OAS)

    Global Governance Away From the Media

    By Mônica Herz

    Series: Global Institutions

    The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional multifunctional organization. This work provides a clear and comprehensive discussion of this important body, dealing with security, technical cooperation, and the construction of democratic institutions. Providing an...

    Published April 12th 2011 by Routledge

  5. The International Trade Centre

    Export Impact for Good

    By Stephen Browne, Sam Laird

    Series: Global Institutions

    In the era of rapid globalization, the ITC plays a significant and wide ranging role working with both governments and trade support institutions to nurture an export culture, this work will provide a much needed overview of this dynamic organization. This book: Details the history of the...

    Published March 29th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Humanitarianism Contested

    Where Angels Fear to Tread

    By Michael Barnett, Thomas G. Weiss

    Series: Global Institutions

    This book provides a succinct but sophisticated understanding of humanitarianism and insight into the on-going dilemmas and tensions that have accompanied it since its origins in the early nineteenth century. Combining theoretical and historical exposition with a broad range of contemporary case...

    Published February 17th 2011 by Routledge

  7. The Idea of World Government

    From ancient times to the twenty-first century

    By James A. Yunker

    Series: Global Institutions

    The notion of a single political organization encompassing the whole of humanity—a world state—has intrigued mankind since earliest recorded history. This book provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of the history of world government, and questions whether political globalization, in the...

    Published February 3rd 2011 by Routledge

  8. Non-Governmental Organizations in World Politics

    The Construction of Global Governance

    By Peter Willetts

    Series: Global Institutions

    Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Amnesty International and Oxfam to Greenpeace and Save the Children are now key players in global politics. This accessible and informative textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the significant role and increasing participation of NGOs in world...

    Published December 14th 2010 by Routledge

  9. Global Think Tanks

    Policy Networks and Governance

    By James McGann, Richard Sabatini

    Series: Global Institutions

    Global Think Tanks provides a clear description of and context for the global proliferation of think tanks. Whilst these institutions are still relatively new players in global and national politics, they are becoming a significant source of strength in an increasingly transnational and less...

    Published December 2nd 2010 by Routledge

  10. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

    Creating Norms for a Complex World

    By J.P. Singh

    Series: Global Institutions

    This book traces the history of UNESCO from its foundational idealism to its current stature as the preeminent international organization for science, education, and culture, building a well rounded understanding of this important organization. The book: provides an overview of the organization...

    Published November 25th 2010 by Routledge