Global governance to the rescue: saving international relations?

Weiss, Thomas G and Wilkinson, Rorden (2014) Global governance to the rescue: saving international relations? Global Governance, 20 (1). pp. 19-36. ISSN 1075-2846

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International relations teeters on the edge of an abyss of irrelevance. As an academic pursuit, it has become disparate and fragmented. Those of us in the discipline have ceased to pursue greater clarity in the way that we understand the world around us. Moreover, we have failed as agents of change; that is, as purveyors of opinion and proposals about a better and fairer world order. As such, we no longer serve our students and those practitioners who seek our advice, or, for those of us who take on policy jobs, to push out the envelope of what is considered acceptable. Global governance offers one potentially compelling way of “saving international relations”— though it is not without its problems. This article outlines how and why. The argument unfolds in three parts. The first outlines why and how IR teeters on the edge of an abyss. The second offers a proposal for moving beyond the fragmentation and atomization that afflicts international relations. We suggest that one way of encouraging reengagement is to return to debating grand questions that used to be the sustenance of IR. The third part argues that global governance—appropriately and specifically framed to make it fit for purpose—offers an opportunity to return to these questions and, in so doing, reinvigorate our fragmented and atomized field.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Nadya Herrera Catalan
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 11:27
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 07:15

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