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The New Dynamics of Multilateralism: Diplomacy, International Organizations, and Global Governance (Paperback)


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This timely new book focuses on the various dynamics of contemporary multilateralism as it relates to global issues, global governance, and global institutions. Invited authorities, including academics, business people, and members of international groups, contribute original essays on how multilateralism as an institution has been affected by globalization, the rise of civil society and global business, emerging economic and political conditions, and new threats to peace and security in the world. Emphasizing practical applications over theoretical foundations, The New Dynamics of Multilateralism helps students understand how the practice of multilateral diplomacy has been influenced by the changes in the processes and procedures of international organizations and the role of multilateralism in the transformation of the international system of governance and the transition to an emerging new global order.

About the Author

James P. Muldoon, Jr. , is senior fellow with the Center for Global Change and Governance at Rutgers University-Newark. He is author of The Architecture of Global Governance: An Introduction to the Study of International Organizations (Westview Press) and coeditor of Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press). JoAnn Fagot Aviel is professor of international relations at San Francisco University where she also serves as the faculty advisor of the Model United Nations program. She is coeditor of and contributor to Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press). Richard Reitano is emeritus professor of government at Dutchess Community College and adjunct professor of political science at Poughkeepsie New York. He is also president of the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Conference Association, sponsor of the annual National Model United Nations simulations in New York and Washington, and coeditor of and contributor to Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press). Earl Sullivan is provost and professor emeritus of political science at American University Cairo and during most of 2010 interim president of the American University Kuwait. He is the author of The Contemporary Study of the Arab World Alberta Press and coeditor of and contributor to Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (Westview Press).

Praise For…

“While your computer spell-checker still does not like the term, ‘multilateralism’ has moved from the periphery to the mainstream of foreign policy concerns by major and minor powers alike. The New Dynamics of Multilateralism is essential reading for all serious students of world politics and global governance.” —Prof. Thomas G. Weiss, The CUNY Graduate Center


“This is a comprehensive and compelling account of multilateralism and its changing role in the conduct of diplomacy, the operations of international institutions, and the construction of patterns of regional and global governance. The editors showcase diverse theoretical perspectives on multilateralism and the practical experiences of those who have actually been engaged in it. In so doing, they provide us with a volume that is both accessible to students and indispensible to scholars and practitioners alike as they seek to come to grips with the shifting shape of world politics in the 21st century.” —Paul Sharp, Professor and Head of Political Science, University of Minnesota, Duluth


“The main value of the book lies in how it takes a multilayered approach to assessing the recent evolution of multilateralism. It is essential to look into the new dynamics of multilateralism by examining the roles of states, NGOs, and the secretariats of international organizations and how they interact. The book does this extremely well, and is very useful reading.” —Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office at the United Nations in New York


“This book is an important addition to the growing body of literature and commentary on the changing nature of multilateralism, and is particularly valuable for its description and analysis of the expanding role of non-state actors in helping to ‘govern’ the globe.  It points to nothing less than a fundamentally new understanding of the capacity—or limits thereof—of the modern state to speak and act on behalf of its citizens.” —John Monahan, Executive Director, The Mosaic Institute

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813344812
ISBN-10: 0813344816
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication Date: August 31st, 2010
Pages: 369
Language: English