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The Architecture of World Governance

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Moving Toward a New World Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin, Michel Rocard ¤ 6 July 2010
We are incontestably in a period in which we have broken away from a now vanished former order—insofar as “order” can apply to the Cold War—a period in which the world is seeking a new architecture of the world governance, seeking, in short, a governance yet to be found, that will be capable of apprehending the moment’s problems, anticipating tomorrow’s crises, and writing day-after-tomorrow’s history. In other words, seeking a governance system adapted to a henceforth globalized world, a “world (...) read more

From Westernization to Globalization. A Brief History of Chinese Modernity
¤ 陈力川 Chen Lichuan ¤ 16 March 2009
As China becomes an increasingly key player in the future of globalization, this article traces the evolution of Chinese thinking about the modernization of society and the country. It examines the key moments of China’s political history and the debates and standpoints that have developed within Chinese society. But although modernization was initially an involuntary choice forcefully imposed by the Western world, China has since undergone a great many trials and tribulations to make it (...) read more

The UN: Which Reforms for What Future?
¤ Stéphanie Ah Tchou ¤ 20 January 2009
The UN is currently under a lot of criticism. Upbraided and disparaged, the body that conveyed so much hope is now being berated. There is abundant literature on its subject, not to praise it but to point out its weaknesses, to the point of challenging its very existence. How did this come to happen? Is such reproach warranted? How should the UN be reformed? What is its future? Should it really be abolished? This file contains info sheets organized according to a number of different (...) read more

The UN and World Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 8 January 2009
Ever since it was established in the wake of World War II, the UN has asserted itself as one of the pillars of postwar world governance. It could even be said that at the institutional level, the United Nations constitutes the pillar of world governance: no other international organization comes anywhere near it in terms of size, legitimacy, and ambitions. Today, more than 60 years after it was set up, now that the long Cold War period is starting to become a distant memory and there is (...) read more

Rethinking Global Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 2 January 2008
After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, there are some who believe that the future of architecture of global politics will require setting up a global-governance system. The global-governance issue is characterized by the shift from a scenario where the power of the states is regulated to avoid disequilibrium and maintain the status quo, to one where international law and the role of international institutions need to be redefined in terms of their real arbitration potential in the (...) read more

Structure of Global Governance: Explaining the Organizational Design of Global Rulemaking Institutions
¤ Jonathan GS Koppell ¤ 1 March 2007
Global governance organizations (GGOs) create rules and regulations in a diverse array of policy domains from accounting to health to communications. This paper is part of a broader project considering the design and administration of such organizations. Specifically, the focus is on the structure of GGOs with attention to the scheme for representation of organization members and the bureaucracy charged with carrying out the organization’s activities. The relationship between key aspects of (...) read more

Dialogs on Party Systems and Global Democratization
¤ Katarina Sehm-Patomäki, Marko Ulvila ¤ February 2006
Within the framework of the NIGD project on global political parties and in order to facilitate the inclusion of voices outside the world of writing, the NIGD organized four dialogs encouraging discussions on political parties, democracy, and globalization. This Working Paper includes complete reports on the four dialogs, presentations of the Party Internationals, and selected background documents. In September 2005, the Network Institute for Global Democratization (NIGD) launched the (...) read more

The UN Reform and the Alterglobalization Movement
¤ Gustave Massiah ¤ 28 February 2005
The United Nations are at a crossroads. They have not really proven to be unworthy, they simply have not been at all convincing. Their reform is a critical issue, with several possible responses. For some, the United Nations should become the political system of neoliberal globalization. For the author, the issue is rather to define and to implement radical reform of the institution. The starting hypothesis is that the alterglobalization movement is the driving agent for broader alliances (...) read more

The Future of Global Governance
¤ Joseph E. Stiglitz ¤ 23 September 2004
The problems with global governance—and the consequences of these problems— today are becoming better understood. The closer integration of the countries of the world— globalization—has given risen to a greater need for collective action. Unfortunately, economic globalization has outpaced political globalization. We are just beginning to develop an international rule of law, and much of the ‘law’ that has developed—for instance the WTO rules governing international trade—are grossly unfair; they (...) read more

Setting up an Arbitration Tribunal on Debt: An Alternative Solution?
¤ Hugo Ruiz Díaz ¤ June 2003
This memo is a brief analysis of a few proposals for the institution of an international arbitration tribunal on debt. The idea is to institute an independent international arbitration body that recognizes the respective responsibilities of debtors and creditors. Facing the seriousness of the problem of external debt, this tribunal is intended as a more realistic proposal than the proposals advocating plain and simple cancellation. The proposals aim at an in-depth solution through a (...) read more

For a Legitimate, Efficient, and Democratic Global Governance
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ January 2003
Interdependences among the world’s societies and between humankind and the biosphere have developed at an accelerated pace without the powers’ adapting their forms of organization to such change. Present global governance, based on relations among sovereign states, is not equipped to take up the challenges of today’s world and suffers from lack of legitimacy. The global village seems devoid of rules, cohesion, redistribution of resources, and justice, as if it only existed for the benefit of (...) read more

Redefining Global Governance to Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 12 October 2001
The current system of governance is no longer adapted to the challenges of tomorrow’s world. Its architecture must be based on a new vision of the world and on universally acknowledged principles so that its legitimacy is accepted by all. The rudiments of global governance have been instituted in the course of the past 50 years. At the same time, however, interdependences among the world’s societies and between humankind and the biosphere began to develop at a much faster pace. Present (...) read more

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