Reforming from the Top: A Leaders' 20 Summit

Overview

The system of global governance is under serious challenge. Some scholars and practitioners have suggested that the time has come for the establishment of new multilateral forums that reflect 21st century realities. One option attracting increased attention is to create a summit of the leaders of 20 nations (L20), an institution that draws its inspiration from both the current G7/8 leaders' meetings and the G20 finance ministers' meetings.

This book explores whether the creation...

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Overview

The system of global governance is under serious challenge. Some scholars and practitioners have suggested that the time has come for the establishment of new multilateral forums that reflect 21st century realities. One option attracting increased attention is to create a summit of the leaders of 20 nations (L20), an institution that draws its inspiration from both the current G7/8 leaders' meetings and the G20 finance ministers' meetings.

This book explores whether the creation of an L20 is a feasible possibility. It offers thematic and geographic arguments in favor of the L20, with a particular emphasis on the larger role that it could play in bringing about reform of the global economic and financial systems. The book concludes with a discussion of the changing nature of relationships in a globalized world, and makes a case for why an L20 would be a worthwhile addition to the international architecture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280811186
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2005
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

John English is executive director of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo, Canada. Ramesh Thakur is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He previously served as senior vice-rector of the United Nations University and assistant secretary general of the United Nations. Andrew F. Cooper is associate director and distinguished fellow at CIGI and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on diplomacy and global governance.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : reforming the international system from the top - a Leaders' 20 summit 1
Making change happen at the global level 25
Anticipating the future : a political agenda for global economic governance 46
A Leaders' 20 summit? 63
Multilateralism and the limits of global governance 72
Balancing act : Japan's strategy in global and regional financial governance 97
The political economy of dissent : global publics after Cancun 121
Toward multilateral reform : the G20's contribution 141
On sherpas and coolies : the L20 and non-Brahmanical futures 169
China's evolving global view 187
Brazil's multiple forms of external engagement : foreign policy dilemmas 201
South Africa : beyond the impasse in global governance 230
The L20 and the restructuring of the international economic order : an Egyptian perspective 260
Government networks, world order, and the L20 281
The L20 in the twenty-first century 296
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