ISBN : 9780198819974
This book offers a major new theory of global governance, explaining both its rise and what many see as its current crisis. The author suggests that world politics is now embedded in a normative and institutional structure dominated by hierarchies and power inequalities and therefore inherently creates contestation, resistance, and distributional struggles. Within an ambitious and systematic new conceptual framework, the theory makes four key contributions. Firstly, it reconstructs global governance as a political system which builds on normative principles and reflexive authorities. Second, it identifies the central legitimation problems of the global governance system with a constitutionalist setting in mind. Third, it explains the rise of state and societal contestation by identifying key endogenous dynamics and probing the causal mechanisms that produced them. Finally, it identifies the conditions under which struggles in the global governance system lead to d
Introduction: Global Governance in Hard Times; Introduction; Part I: The Global Governance System; 1 Normative Principles; 2 Reflexive Authorities; 3 Legitimation Problems; 4 The Theoretical Model: Causal Mechanisms and Hypotheses; Part II: The Contestation of Global Governance; 5 The Rise of the Global Governance System: A Historical-Institutionalist Account; 6 The Politicization of Authority beyond the Nation State; 7 Counter-Institutionalization in the Global Governance System; 8 The Deepening of Global Governance; Part III: Are There Realistic Models of Global Governance with Cosmopolitan Intent? An Empirical Assessment; 10 Conclusion: A New Paradigm in IR?