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Rethinking Global Governance

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Rethinking Global Governance
Rethinking Global Governance
By Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson
Polity, 2019, 160 pp. Purchase

Coined in the 1990s, the term “global governance” tried to capture the multifaceted ways in which governments, companies, transnational groups, and international organizations worked in concert in a time of growing interdependence. Today, talk of global governance is out of fashion. Many people hear the phrase and think it is some sort of elite form of “globalism.” This short, pithy book makes the case for a new scholarly focus on international cooperation. Weiss and Wilkinson argue that although resurgent populism and nationalism have prompted attacks on globalization, the fact remains that the world is more intensely interconnected than ever before. From financial markets to refugee flows to production networks, there is no escaping the ways in which modern societies are vulnerable to one another. Weiss and Wilkinson argue that scholars must urgently make the case that international cooperation strengthens rather than weakens people’s ability to take control of and improve their own lives.

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