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Contestation and Polarization in Global Governance

European Responses

9781800887251 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Michelle Egan, Professor and Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam, School of International Service, American University, US, Kolja Raube, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Senior Researcher, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, and Director of the Centre for European Studies, KU Leuven, Jan Wouters, Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, and Director, Institute for International Law and Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium and Julien Chaisse, Professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong and Advisory Board Member, Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL)
Publication Date: January 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 725 1 Extent: c 448 pp
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Building a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the limits of the international rules-based liberal order across a variety of issue areas, this topical book highlights how the discourse and values inherent in these long-established political arrangements are now facing a backlash, and how Europe is responding towards it.

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Building a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the limits of the international rules-based liberal order across a variety of issue areas, this topical book highlights how the discourse and values inherent in these long-established political arrangements are now facing a backlash.

Leading scholars examine how, with a greater dispersion of power and heterogeneity of preferences, Europe navigates a system characterized by a growing deadlock in major international institutions and a lack of compliance with international rules on global governance. Chapters analyse the challenges within international organizations and the international order itself, where the global balance of power is shifting towards a multipolar system. Challenges explored include populist-nationalist movements; rising geopolitical tensions; and growing inequality, political polarization and diminishing trust in political institutions. With the pull of global competition and rising power politics, the book identifies the limits to multilateral cooperation and the shortfalls of the traditional state-based liberal order in addressing global problems, finding a need for more diversity in governance structures to deal with increased connectivity and interdependence.

Multi-disciplinary in scope, this forward-thinking book will prove vital to students and scholars of international relations, politics and law, particularly those interested in the contestation and polarization in global governance, European responses to these challenges, and the transformation of the international liberal order.
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‘The “liberal international order” that the United States and Europe dominated not so long ago is now seriously contested through a combination of the rise of rival authoritarian powers and the ascent of nativist/populist leaders. This thoughtful and compelling volume addresses the strategic responses across policy fields that a constrained Europe is pursuing in this changing global order.’
– Gregory Shaffer, University of California, Irvine School of Law and President of the American Society of International Law, US

‘This new and important book offers a comprehensive account of the various forces that are currently at play around the globe and those that have shaped the past century, having produced the international liberal order that is faced with a myriad of pressures. Drawing on a wide range of authors, representing different backgrounds and disciplines, this book offers new insights into the challenges that we are facing today. Focusing in particular on European responses to these pressures in the global economic political order, the authors in this volume provide the reader with in-depth analyses and point to a variety of paths that lie ahead.’
– Amy Verdun, University of Victoria, Canada and Leiden University, the Netherlands

‘This book delivers a much needed and thorough analysis of the European Union in the global order. The contributors explore crucial challenges and contestation – both internal and external – facing the EU across an impressive variety of policy areas and geographical regions. These timely analyses provide essential insights and lessons for scholars and policymakers interested in a Europe that finds itself at a crossroads and needing to adapt to significant changes in the global landscape.’
– Chad Damro, University of Edinburgh, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: Alex Andrione-Moylan, Katja Biedenkopf , Matthieu Burnay, Julien Chaisse, Angelos Chryssogelos, Alexandru Circiumaru, Karol Chwedczuk-Szulc, Francisca Costa Reis, Fernando Dias Simões, Michelle Egan, Doga Ulas Eralp, Nicolas de Zamaróczy, Shawn Donnelly, Emily Gilson, Magdalena Góra, Terrence Guay, Tamar Gutner, Niklas Helwig, Miles Kahler, Akasemi Newsome, Franziska Petri, Marianne Riddervold, Kolja Raube, Iulianna Romanchyshyna, Michael H. Smith, Xueji Su, Güneş Ünüvar, Jan Wouters, Gudrun Zagel
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