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Global Governance and the UN An Unfinished Journey

ISBN-10: 0253221676
ISBN-13: 9780253221674
Edition: 2010
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Description: Is the current patchwork of global governance adequate to ensure human survival with dignity? In the 21st century, the world is confronted by threats of global scale that cannot be tackled without collective action. Although global government as  More...

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List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 4/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

Is the current patchwork of global governance adequate to ensure human survival with dignity? In the 21st century, the world is confronted by threats of global scale that cannot be tackled without collective action. Although global government as such does not exist, formal and informal institutions, practices, and initiatives -- together forming "global governance" -- bring a greater measure of predictability, stability, and order to trans-border issues than might be expected. Yet, there are significant gaps between many current global problems and available solutions. Thomas G. Weiss and Ramesh Thakur analyze the UN's role in addressing such lapses, which they identify as knowledge, normative, policy, institutional, and compliance gaps. The UN's relationship to these five global governance gaps is explored through case studies of some of the most burning problems of our age, including terrorism, nuclear proliferation, humanitarian crises, development aid, climate change, human rights, and HIV/AIDS.

Michael I. Harrison, Ph.D, is a Senior Social Scientist in the Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He leads Agency activities in Health System Design, manages and contributes to research in delivery systems across the United States, and conducts research on organizational improvement and implementation of system change. His publications include papers in leading health services research journals, Diagnosing Organizations: Methods, Models, and Processes (Sage, 2005), and Implementing Change in Health Systems: Market Reforms in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Netherlands (SAGE, 2004). He has given presentations and led workshops at scientific and professional conferences throughout the United States and Europe.Dr. Harrison holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. He was previously a faculty member at the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, and at Bar Ilan University in Israel; a visiting professor at Boston College and Haifa University; and a visiting scholar at Brandeis University, Georgetown University, Harvard Business School, and the Nordic School of Public Health.Michael I. Harrison, Ph.D, is a Senior Social Scientist in the Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He leads Agency activities in Health System Design, manages and contributes to research in delivery systems across the United States, and conducts research on organizational improvement and implementation of system change. His publications include papers in leading health services research journals, Diagnosing Organizations: Methods, Models, and Processes (Sage, 2005), and Implementing Change in Health Systems: Market Reforms in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Netherlands (SAGE, 2004). He has given presentations and led workshops at scientific and professional conferences throughout the United States and Europe.Dr. Harrison holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. He was previously a faculty member at the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, and at Bar Ilan University in Israel; a visiting professor at Boston College and Haifa University; and a visiting scholar at Brandeis University, Georgetown University, Harvard Business School, and the Nordic School of Public Health.

List of Boxes, Tables, and Figures
Series Editors' Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Probl�matique of Global Governance
Tracing the Origins of an Idea and the UN's Contribution
International Security
The Use of Force: War, Collective Security, and Peace Operations
Arms Control and Disarmament
Terrorism
Development
Trade, Aid, and Finance
Sustainable Development
Saving the Environment: The Ozone Layer and Climate Change
Human Rights
Generations of Rights
Protecting against Pandemics
The Responsibility to Protect
Notes
Index
About the Authors
About the United Nations Intellectual History Project

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