John E. Trent and Laura Schnurr, Towards a United Nations Renaissance: Re-Thinking Values, Structures & Processes (Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2018).

In a time of growing disenchantment with global institutions and the open liberal values they embody, we risk reversing significant gains made in international cooperation and retreating to nationalism and bilateral relations. Yet today’s challenges transcend national borders and demand effective global governance.

This short introduction to the United Nations analyses the organization as it is today, and how it can be transformed to respond to its critics. Combining essential information about its history and workings with practical proposals of how it can be strengthened, Trent and Schnurr examine what needs to be done, but also how we can actually move toward the required reforms.

This book is written for a new generation of changemakers—a generation seeking better institutions that reflect the realities of the 21st century and that can act collectively in the interest of all.

About the Authors

Prof. John Trent, Fellow of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa, Canada, formerly professor and chair of the University’s Department of Political Science and Secretary General of the International Political Science Association for more than a decade.
Laura Schnurr works on social innovation with the J.W. McConnell Foundation, completed an MA in Global Studies at the University of Freiburg, and runs a social enterprise operating in Canada and Uganda