Edited by Steven Slaughter, Associate Professor in International Relations, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University, Australia
The future of the G20 is uncertain despite being developed to address the 2008 global financial crisis. This book considers the significance of the G20 by engaging various accounts of International Relations theory to examine the political drivers of this form of global governance. International Relations theory represents an array of perspectives that analyse the factors that drive the G20, how the G20 influences world politics and in what ways the G20 could or should be reformed in the future.
This book considers the current and future significance of the G20 by using International Relations theory to examine its political impact as an informal form of global governance. International Relations theory is shown to represent a broad range of political positions that can effectively analyze the various factors that influence world politics.
The contributions to this book examine the influence and significance of informal global governance in contemporary global politics and advance G20 scholarship past the typical observations from economic and international policy perspectives. Chapters cover various accounts of how the G20 influences world politics, the driving forces behind the G20 and the ways in which the G20 could or should be reformed in the future. International Relations theory is able to inform a better understanding of how the G20 operates and also explore potential improvements for the international forum to adapt to rapid developments in global politics.
Students and scholars of international relations, global governance, diplomacy and globalization will find this book offers a fresh and enlightening perspective on the G20.
‘Steven Slaughter’s book is a most welcome addition to the G20 and global governance literature. The work contains theoretically sophisticated understanding of legitimacy as applied to the premier forum of economic collective action. Although the core audience will be students focused on key concepts and practices related to 21st century summitry, the book deserves a wider audience interested in the evolution of international politics.’ – Andrew F. Cooper, University of Waterloo, Canada