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Global governance has come under increasing pressure since the end of the Cold War. In some issue areas, these pressures have led to significant changes in the architecture of governance institutions. In others, institutions have resisted pressures for change. This volume explores what accounts for this divergence in architecture by identifying three modes of governance: hierarchies, networks, and markets. The authors apply these ideal types to different issue areas in order to assess how global governance has changed and why. In most issue areas, hierarchical modes of governance, established after World War II, have given way to alternative forms of organization focused on market or network-based architectures. Each chapter explores whether these changes are likely to lead to more or less effective global governance across a wide range of issue areas. This provides a novel and coherent theoretical framework for analysing change in global governance. This title is available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.


‘By far the best volume on the subject of global governance in decades.’

John Gerard Ruggie - Berthold Beitz Research Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs, Harvard University

‘Observers of global governance are like viewers of a kaleidoscope, eyes transfixed by novel patterns flashing before their eyes. Global Governance in a World of Change eschews parsimonious theory but seeks to help dazzled observers by using the concepts of hierarchy, markets, and networks to describe ‘modes of governance.’’

Robert O. Keohane - Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

‘This edited volume features comprehensive and insightful analyses by leading scholars of how the modes of global governance have changed across policy areas as diverse as health, climate change, arms control, trade, and humanitarianism. Essential reading for anyone interested in the possibilities and limits of collective solutions to the world's most pressing problems.’

Erik Voeten - Peter F. Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Justice in World Affairs, Georgetown University

‘This compelling, well-structured book provides a roadmap for studying changes in modes of global governance-hierarchy, networks, and markets-across issues, together with the factors that explain them. Conceptually tight, the book casts a new lens on global governance at this time of uncertainty, rapid change, and multifaceted, overlapping global problems.’

Gregory Shaffer - Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Law

'The list of contributor’s reads like the who’s who in Global Governance research. The content delivers what we expect. This book pushes the Global Governance agenda by focusing on modes of governance. It is collaborative work at its best and a real achievement.'

Michael Zürn - Director, Global Governance, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, and Professor of International Relations, Free University Berlin

'Never has Global Governance been more fractured and less effective. And never has it been more important as the world emerges from COVID at a dramatically unequal pace that is testimony to the failure of Global Governance. Global Governance in a World of Change is an uncompromising look at challenges and solutions to global governance across hierarchies, networks, and markets. Never has a book been more timely and more important.'

Janice Gross Stein - Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

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Full book PDF
  • Global Governance in a World of Change
    pp i-i
  • Additional material
    pp ii-ii
  • Global Governance in a World of Change - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Figures
    pp vii-vii
  • Tables
    pp viii-viii
  • Contributors
    pp ix-x
  • Acknowledgments
    pp xi-xii
  • Introduction
    pp 1-47
  • The Modes of Global Governance
  • 1 - Governance Shifts in Security
    pp 48-76
  • Military and Security Services and Small Arms Compared
  • 3 - Climate Change Governance
    pp 109-129
  • Past, Present, and (Hopefully) Future
  • 4 - A Shadow of Its Former Self
    pp 130-154
  • Hierarchy and Global Trade
  • 5 - The Humanitarian Club
    pp 155-181
  • Hierarchy, Networks, and Exclusion
  • 7 - Global Governance, Expert Networks, and “Fragile States”
    pp 214-233
  • 8 - Global Health
    pp 234-264
  • A Centralized Network Searching (in Vain) for Hierarchy
  • 9 - Governing Armed Conflicts
    pp 265-287
  • The ICRC between Hierarchy and Networks
  • 10 - Clean Energy and the Hybridization of Global Governance
    pp 288-310
  • 11 - Legitimacy and Modes of Global Governance
    pp 311-337
  • Conclusion
    pp 338-366
  • Global Governance and Institutional Diversity
  • Index
    pp 367-382


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