What is Next? …for World Order and Global Governance
This essay is part of the Emerging Global Governance (EGG) Project - an initiative of the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in collaboration with Global Policy. For more information on the project please click here.
The assumption in international policy circles has long been that the rules and the institutional arrangements that have held largely since the end of the Second World War were “the” global norms. In the scholarly world, the most influential scholarship in International Relations, International Organization and International Political Economy has largely reflected the proposition that “exogenous conditions” can be assumed to be stable and largely unchanging, and the chief intellectual goal has been mapping how the actors in the system would adapt to, and internalize, the established norms and rules. There was really no need to debate fundamentals or first principles. Or so it was thought. But as the world has entered a period of dynamic change, it is increasingly apparent that another perspective is required – one that can grapple seriously with both change and continuity.
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