- John J. Kirton, University of Toronto, Canada
- Series : Global Finance
Systematically assesses the G20's emergence, evolution and performance in response to growing demands for global governance across a wide, interconnected policy agenda and the full set of governance functions that international institutions supply. This study mobilizes classic and contemporary international relations theory to explain the causes of observed G20 governance, and on this basis offers some concluding predictions about its future course. In particular it offers an account, grounded in the competitive dynamics among international institutions in a crowded world, rather than one based merely on the older model of forum-shopping among states in an anarchic system.
This book does not take up the popular enterprise of advising G20 governors what they should do with their forum or criticizing them for not using it to quickly solve many of the world's problems. Nor is it a sanitized account from the inside. It focuses instead on systematically describing what the G20 did and explaining why it did it, using the best concepts and theories that scholars of international relations and global governance have in their analytic repertoire and that are relevant to the task at hand. Here it seeks not to test competing international relations theories with evidence from G20 governance, but to use the key concepts of the former to help provide a more disciplined and insightful account of the G20 itself.
Contents: Preface; Part I Analysing G20 Governance: Introduction; The systemic hub model of G20 governance. Part II Generating the Group, 1999-2001: Creating the group, Berlin 1999; Governing globalization, Montreal 2000; Combating terrorism, Ottawa 2001. Part III Equalizing the Influence, 2002-2007: Driving development, New Delhi 2002 and Moreila 2003; Bonding Berlin, Berlin 2004; Capturing China, Xianghe 2005; Strengthening sustainability, Melbourne 2006 and Kleinmond 2007. Part IV Creating the Summit Club, 2008-2010: Soaring to the summit, Washington 2008; Containing contraction, London 2009; Institutionalizing summitry, Pittsburgh 2009; Controlling the Eurocrisis, Toronto 2010. Part V Conclusion: The future of G20 governance; Bibliography; G20 appendices; Index.
Reviews: 'The Group of 20 has become a crucial and influential actor in the financial, economic and gradually other sectors of global governance. Written by one of the foremost scholars in the field who has analyzed the G20 forum and its predecessors both empirically and theoretically for almost two and a half decades, this book provides a systematic, well-argued, comprehensive chronological examination of the G20, resting on a solid theoretical basis. It is a most valuable and welcome addition to literature on this complex subject. Reading it will benefit academics, students of international relations and policy-makers alike.'
Peter I. Hajnal, University of Toronto, Canada
'This is the first serious book-length study of what is arguably the most important forum in the world, the G20. John Kirton's knowledge of this 'hub' of global governance is comprehensive and deeply nuanced. Based on extensive interviews, knowledge of the literature, and personal experience, G20 Governance for a Globalized World will generate keen attention from an extensive readership among both academics and practitioners.'
Andrew F. Cooper, University of Waterloo, Canada and BSIA and Distinguished Fellow, The Centre for International Governance Innovation
'Anyone who knows John J. Kirton and his extensive work on global ‘G-governance’ may agree with me that he is an authority in the field. G20 Governance for a Globalized World is an obvious demonstration of this fact … the book is an exceptionally neatly structured, well-documented scholarly account and excellent reading for those interested in global governance, international relations theory and the rapidly transforming international system in general terms. … G20 Governance for a Globalized World is a fundamental work for understanding the changing global scene with all its intertwined entities and processes, and one of the major sources for further research on global governance. … It is highly recommended not only to scholars, academics or policymakers, but also to a wider public.'
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