International Relations is a vibrant field of significant growth and change. This book guides students through the complexities of over 40 central concepts and core theories, relating them at all times to contemporary issues and debates.

Each concept is divided into five sections to allow rapid familiarization with the topic and provide signposts for further exploration:

Core questions to address; Definition; Theoretical perspectives; Empirical problems; Core reading and useful websites

In addition the major theories are covered by six-part entries that give a 360 degree view of the strengths, weaknesses, applications and methodologies of each one:

An introduction to the core questions; Overview and background; Methodologies; Empirical application; Central criticism; Core reading and useful websites

Clear and highly readable, Key Concepts in International Relations is an essential guide for students on politics and international relations courses.

Global Governance

Global governance

1. Core Questions Addressed

  • What is governance on a global scale?
  • What are the differences between governance and government?
  • What kind of new governance mechanisms are there and which functions are they assumed to perform?

2. Definitions

The concept of global governance denotes a system of rule on the global scale, composed of formal global governmental institutions as well as informal non-governmental mechanisms. Global governance can thus be performed by a number of actors: by states within multilateral cooperation agreements such as the G8; by intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations or (→) international regimes such as the Climate Change Regime; and by non-state actors, either in cooperation with states or by themselves, for instance through international campaigns such as the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) ...

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