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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 92 results in Global Institutions
  1. Contemporary Human Rights Ideas

    By Bertrand G Ramcharan, Bertrand G. Ramcharan

    Series: Global Institutions

    The vindication of human rights is a critical challenge of a new century. Yet, there is much contestation over rights in a globalizing, post 9/11 world, as human rights ideas come into contact with different cultures and with societies in varying stages of development. Leaders of government and...

    Published April 15th 2008 by Routledge

  2. The World Bank

    From Reconstruction to Development to Equity

    By Katherine Marshall

    Series: Global Institutions

    The World Bank is one of the most important and least understood major international institutions. This book provides a concise, accessible and comprehensive overview of the World Bank's history, development, structure, functionality and activities. These themes are illustrated with a...

    Published January 30th 2008 by Routledge

  3. The European Union

    By Clive Archer

    Series: Global Institutions

    Making often complex concepts easily comprehended, this book enables the reader to quickly build a solid and well-rounded understanding of the EU's history and present, covering: key debates on Europe the ambiguous relationship with the US the EU's internal and...

    Published January 23rd 2008 by Routledge

  4. 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 17th 2007 by Routledge

  5. 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 3rd 2007 by Routledge

  6. 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 13th 2007 by Routledge

  7. 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 23rd 2007 by Routledge

  8. 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 16th 2007 by Routledge

  9. 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 9th 2007 by Routledge

  10. 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 2nd 2007 by Routledge