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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 Sussex, 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

71-80 of 89 results in Global Institutions
  1. Commonwealth

    Inter- and Non-State Contributions to Global Governance

    By Timothy M. Shaw

    Series: Global Institutions

    The Commonwealth consists of only a quarter of the world’s states and yet the Commonwealth Secretariat and Foundation have made and continue to make a significant contribution to global politics. Commonwealth is a superb examination of an often neglected but crucial force in world affairs. ...

    Published October 18th 2007 by Routledge

  2. The African Union

    Challenges of globalization, security, and governance

    By Samuel M. Makinda, F. Wafula Okumu

    Series: Global Institutions

    A comprehensive examination of the work of the African Union (AU), with special emphasis on its capacity to meet the challenges of building and sustaining governance institutions and security mechanisms. Samuel Makinda and F. Wafula Okumu show how Africa and, in particular, the AU...

    Published October 4th 2007 by Routledge

  3. World Trade Organization (WTO)

    Law, Economics, and Politics

    By Bernard M. Hoekman, Petros C. Mavroidis, Petros C. Mavroidis

    Series: Global Institutions

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) is one of the most important international organizations in existence today. It contains a set of disciplines that affect the ability of governments to impose trade restrictions, and has helped to support the steady expansion of international trade since the 1950s...

    Published June 14th 2007 by Routledge

  4. A Crisis of Global Institutions?

    Multilateralism and International Security

    By Edward Newman

    Series: Global Institutions

    The legitimacy of global institutions which address security challenges is in question. The manner in which they make decisions and the interests they reflect often falls short of twenty-first century expectations and norms of good governance. Also, their performance has raised doubts about their...

    Published May 24th 2007 by Routledge

  5. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

    By Ian Taylor, Karen Smith

    Series: Global Institutions

    Ian Taylor and Karen Smith present a much-needed and full examination of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), covering its history and current activities. All the key areas are covered by accessibly written chapters, including: an overview of UNCTAD: what it is,...

    Published May 17th 2007 by Routledge

  6. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

    By David J. Galbreath

    Series: Global Institutions

    During the Cold War, the two global superpowers were able to come together to resolve many issues of transparency and common challenges, leading to a change in European and global security. The OSCE covered the area formerly occupied by NATO and the Warsaw Pact, championing the Helsinki Final Act,...

    Published May 10th 2007 by Routledge

  7. The International Committee of the Red Cross

    A Neutral Humanitarian Actor

    By David P. Forsythe, Barbara Ann J. Rieffer-Flanagan

    Series: Global Institutions

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has a complex position in international relations, being the guardian of international humanitarian law but often acting discretely to advance human dignity. Treated by most governments as if it were an inter-governmental organization, the ICRC is...

    Published May 3rd 2007 by Routledge

  8. The World Economic Forum

    A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Global Governance

    By Geoffrey Allen Pigman

    Series: Global Institutions

    This book explores the paradoxes and unique characteristics of the World Economic Forum, highlighting contemporary issues and debates on global governance, economic development and corporate social responsibility. The Forum is one of the most influential, but least understood, global institutions....

    Published December 21st 2006 by Routledge

  9. The Group of 7/8

    By Hugo Dobson

    Series: Global Institutions

    Part of Routledge’s leading Global Institutions Series, this book is a highly accessible, up-to-date introduction to the history, present and future of the G7/8 summits, exploring the role that the G8 plays and will play in global governance. Hugo Dobson examines the G8 and its position in global...

    Published December 21st 2006 by Routledge

  10. The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    Politics of Conditional Lending

    By James Raymond Vreeland

    Series: Global Institutions

    This is a clear and concise introduction to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and an overview of its debates and controversies. Where did the IMF come from? What does it do? Why do so many governments participate in its programs and what are their effects? How can we best reform this key...

    Published November 30th 2006 by Routledge