Global Interdependence and Effective Multilateralism
While it is widely believed that transnational problems can only be addressed through cooperation and management on a global scale, there is a significant debate over how the mechanisms needed to accomplish these ends should be organized.
There are those, for example, who believe that normative or rights-based global interdependence and citizenship is a superior (i.e., more malleable) form of organization to more formal political collectivization. Others argue that respecting, protecting and building cosmopolitan diversity is all well and good but it is not enough to overcome existing structural inequalities. Only developing and implementing formal global governance architectures will do that, which means that we need to press ahead with the “transnationalization” of the world – its political behaviors and practices, its economic practices and its norms and laws.
This dossier explores the debate between the above two schools of global interdependence. It also provides an anticipatory look at global multilateralism, which will be the focus of an upcoming dossier.
04 Sep 2011 / Video
In this interview conducted by Jean-Marc Coicaud, the Director of UN University's New York office, Princeton University’s G. John Ikenberry discusses the challenges of building a global liberal international order. More on «G John Ikenberry – Building a Liberal International Order »
12 Dec 2011 / Special Feature
While calls for global governance gathered momentum throughout the 20th Century, its origins are steeped in history. Today, Peter Faber looks to the past to develop an argument for formal global interdependence. More on «Formal Global Interdependence – The Historical (and Western) Case for Global Governance»
13 Dec 2011 / Special Feature
Mechanisms of formal global governance can call upon an extensive array of statistics to demonstrate their value to the international system. Yet advocates and critics alike label these same mechanisms as 'unfit' for the challenges of the 21st Century. More on «Formal Global Interdependence: Mechanisms and Processes»
14 Dec 2011 / Audio
Today, Alyn Ware talks about how civil society plays an increasingly active role in global governance and how global interdependence has made it easier for states to renounce nuclear weapons. More on «Informal Global Governance: The Case of Nuclear Disarmament»
15 Dec 2011 / Special Feature
Today the ISN critically examines the roles of civil society actors in global governance. The focus lies on how NGOs and other actors contribute to implementing universal values such as human rights and global justice. More on «Informal Global Interdependence – Civil Society as a Two-Edged Sword»
16 Dec 2011 / Special Feature
Distinctly regional perspectives regarding effective multilateralism shape approaches to global governance. Today, we present a European and a Chinese vision of the role and future of multilateralism in an international system subject to unprecedented structural change. More on «Competing Visions of Effective Multilateralism »