Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson, Rethinking Global Governance (Polity Press, 2019).

Summary

Rethinking Global Governance casts fresh eyes upon a once poignant but now languishing concept. Its purpose is to disrupt the simple association between global governance and the actions and activities of international organizations in the post-Cold War era and to focus instead on a set of questions that probe the intricate and multifaceted manner in which the world is governed. The book moves beyond the ubiquity and imprecision that has plagued the term and offers an intellectual framework with the potential to improve both thinking and practice.

Building on the analytical insights of two of the leading scholars in the field, Rethinking Global Governance provides an antidote to simplistic usage and an authoritative yet readable attempt to grasp the governance of our globe — past, present, and future.

About the Authors
Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has served ACUNS in a number of capacities: executive director, editor of Global Governance, and chair of the Board. He was also Research Director of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, Research Professor at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, Executive Director of the International Peace Academy, a member of the UN secretariat, and a consultant to several public and private agencies. He was also Research Director of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, Research Professor at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, Executive Director of the International Peace Academy, a member of the UN secretariat, and a consultant to several public and private agencies. He has authored or edited over 50 books and written 250 articles and book chapters about international peace and security, humanitarian action, and sustainable development.

Rorden Wilkinson is Professor of Global Political Economy and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Innovation, and a fellow of the UK Trade Policy Observatory.  He was previously Chair of the Department of International Relations and Deputy Head of the School of Global Studies. Before joining Sussex in 2014 he was Professor of International Political Economy and Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester, where he was based for 17 years. He has held visiting positions at, among other institutions, the Watson Institute at Brown University, the Department of Political Science at Wellesley College, and the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University.