Approaches to Global Governance Theory

Edited by Martin Hewson & Timothy J. Sinclair

Subjects: International Relations
Series: SUNY series in Global Politics
Paperback : 9780791443088, 328 pages, August 1999
Hardcover : 9780791443071, 328 pages, September 1999

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Table of contents



Part One
The Global Governance Concept

1. The Emergence of Global Governance Theory
Martin Hewson and Timothy J. Sinclair

2. Politics in a Floating World: Toward a Critique of Global Governance
Robert Latham

3. Global Governance and Social Closure or Who Is to Be Governed in the Era of Global Governance?
Ronen Palan

Part Two
Technology, Discourse, and Global Governance

4. Environmental Remote Sensing, Global Governance, and the Territorial State
Karen T. Litfin

5. Did Global Governance Create Informational Globalism?
Martin Hewson

6. Governance and the Nation-State in a Knowledge-Based Political Economy
Edward A. Comor

Part Three
Knowledge, Marketization, and Global Governance

7. The Late-Modern Knowledge Structure and World Politics
Tony Porter

8. Synchronic Global Governance and the International Political Economy of the Commonplace
Timothy J. Sinclair

9. Borrowing Authority; Eclipsing Government
M. Mark Amen

Part Four
Political Identity, Civil Society, and Global Governance

10. History's Revenge and Future Shock: The Remapping of Global Politics
Yale H. Ferguson and Richard W. Mansbach

11. Our Global Neighborhood: Pushing Problem-Solving Theory to Its Limits and the Limits of Problem-Solving Theory
Michael G. Schechter

12. From Local Knowledge and Practice to Global Environmental Governance
Ronnie D. Lipschutz

Part Five

13. Toward an Ontology for Global Governance
James N. Rosenau

List of Contributors


Showcases diverse theoretical approaches in the emerging area of global governance.


As the debate over global governance heats up, Approaches to Global Governance Theory offers a guide to this new terrain. The contributors advocate approaches to global governance that recognize fundamental political, economic, technological, and cultural dynamics, that engage social and political theory, and that go beyond conventional international relations theory. We are offered here a guide to this new terrain.

Beginning with a chapter tracing the emergence of global governance analysis in the 1990s, Approaches to Global Governance Theory also responds to alternative theoretical conceptions. James N. Rosenau explores the ontology of global governance. In addition, Robert Latham develops a critique of Rosenau's thinking, while Michael G. Schechter examines the limits of the Commission for Global Governance's widely-publicized 1995 report and Ronen Palan asks critically, "Who is to be governed by global governance?"

Other chapters develop analyses of global governance phenomena. Technological change is addressed by Karen T. Litfin, on environmental satellites, and Edward A. Comor, on broadcast satellites. M. Mark Amen examines developments in credit, and shifts in political identity are mapped by Yale H. Ferguson and Richard W. Mansbach. Also, developments in information and knowledge are considered by Tony Porter.

In addition, chapters advocate new directions for global governance analysis. Timothy Sinclair suggests a focus on the level of the commonplace, Martin Hewson proposes long-term analysis of world order informationalism, and Ronnie D. Lipschutz makes a case for the importance of global civil society.

Martin Hewson is an Associate at the York Centre for International and Security Studies (YCISS), York University, Toronto. Timothy J. Sinclair teaches International Political Economy at the University of Warwick in England and is External Associate at YCISS.


"What I like most is the diversity of well-argued positions about 'global governance' that the book includes. Both as a concept and as a phenomena, 'global governance' is highly contested, and this book reflects that contestation." — Craig N. Murphy, Wellesley College

"…offers genuine insight into the subject of global governance." — Canadian Journal of Political Science