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1 - Power in global governance

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 September 2009

Michael Barnett
Affiliation:
Professor Hubert H. Humphrey School; Professor of Political Science University of Minnesota
Raymond Duvall
Affiliation:
Professor of Political Science University of Minnesota; Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change University of Minnesota
Michael Barnett
Affiliation:
University of Minnesota
Raymond Duvall
Affiliation:
University of Minnesota
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Summary

The idea of global governance has attained near-celebrity status. In little more than a decade the concept has gone from the ranks of the unknown to one of the central orienting themes in the practice and study of international affairs of the post-Cold War period. The intensifying connections between states and peoples, better known as globalization, are now frequently presumed to create the need for governance and rule-making at the global level. According to such a view, only with global governance will states and peoples be able to cooperate on economic, environmental, security, and political issues, settle their disputes in a nonviolent manner, and advance their common interests and values. Absent an adequate supply of global governance, states are likely to retreat behind protective barriers and re-create the conditions for enduring conflict. Global governance, then, is thought to bring out the best in the international community and rescue it from its worst instincts. Although the study of global governance has a long pedigree, its prominence increased dramatically after the Cold War. A scholarly journal now bears its name. Several presses now have series on the subject. Although scholars have been less likely to invest global governance with the same heroic qualities as do policymakers, they have tended to see it as capable of helping states overcome conflict and achieve their common aspirations. For policymakers and scholars, global governance is one of the defining characteristics of the current international moment.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2004

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  • Power in global governance
    • By Michael Barnett, Professor Hubert H. Humphrey School; Professor of Political Science University of Minnesota, Raymond Duvall, Professor of Political Science University of Minnesota; Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change University of Minnesota
  • Edited by Michael Barnett, University of Minnesota, Raymond Duvall, University of Minnesota
  • Book: Power in Global Governance
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511491207.001
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  • Power in global governance
    • By Michael Barnett, Professor Hubert H. Humphrey School; Professor of Political Science University of Minnesota, Raymond Duvall, Professor of Political Science University of Minnesota; Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change University of Minnesota
  • Edited by Michael Barnett, University of Minnesota, Raymond Duvall, University of Minnesota
  • Book: Power in Global Governance
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511491207.001
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  • Power in global governance
    • By Michael Barnett, Professor Hubert H. Humphrey School; Professor of Political Science University of Minnesota, Raymond Duvall, Professor of Political Science University of Minnesota; Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change University of Minnesota
  • Edited by Michael Barnett, University of Minnesota, Raymond Duvall, University of Minnesota
  • Book: Power in Global Governance
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511491207.001
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