Contestation and Polarization in Global Governance


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 and Co-Director, Transatlantic Policy Center, American University, Washington, DC, US, Kolja Raube, Associate Professor for European Governance and EU External Action, Faculty of Social Sciences, Director of the Centre for European Studies and Senior Member, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven, Jan Wouters, Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, and Director of the 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 President, Asia Pacific FDI Forum, Hong Kong SAR
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 725 1 Extent: 418 pp
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, Georgetown University Law Center, 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: Alex Andrione-Moylan, Katja Biedenkopf, Matthieu Burnay, Julien Chaisse, Angelos Chryssogelos, Karol Chwedczuk-Szulc, Alexandru Circiumaru, Francisca Costa Reis, Nicolas de Zamaróczy, Fernando Dias Simões, Shawn Donnelly, Michelle Egan, Doga Ulas Eralp, Emily Gilson, Magdalena Góra, Terrence Guay, Tamar Gutner, Niklas Helwig, Miles Kahler, Akasemi Newsome, Franziska Petri, Kolja Raube, Marianne Riddervold, Iulianna Romanchyshyna, Michael H. Smith, Xueji Su, Güneş Ünüvar, Jan Wouters, Gudrun Zagel

Introduction to Contestation and Polarization in Global Governance 1
Michelle Egan, Kolja Raube, Julien Chaisse and Jan Wouters

1 Global governance in the twenty-first century: end of the
Bretton Woods moment? 18
Miles Kahler
2 Recasting world order: power politics, contestation and
international institutions 38
Shawn Donnelly
3 The era of un-institutionalized regions: explaining the
diminished prospects of regional integration in the
twenty-first century 55
Nicolas de Zamaróczy
4 The European Union and United States in the era of
shifting global order 76
Karol Chwedczuk-Szulc
5 Why create another Development Bank? China and the
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank 95
Tamar Gutner
6 Contesting international economic governance: the
‘people’ and trade in the Trump and Brexit rhetoric 109
Angelos Chryssogelos
7 Populists at the G20 and G7: informal cooperation in
turbulent times 125
Alex Andrione-Moylan and Jan Wouters

8 Contesting transatlantic relations: how weaker relations
influence EU foreign policies 145
Akasemi Newsome and Marianne Riddervold
9 Divide and conquer? Europe, China and policy coherence 161
Terrence Guay and Michael H. Smith
10 What role for the EU? Domestic contestation of the EU’s
global role(s) in its neighbourhood 180
Magdalena Góra
11 “Don’t stop believin’”: Germany’s turn from reflexive to
strategic multilateralism 197
Niklas Helwig
12 A Trump effect on European Union climate ambitions?
The European Council and Council of the EU’s responses
to US climate contestation 214
Katja Biedenkopf and Franziska Petri
13 Normative power Europe in the Belt and Road Initiative:
challenge for constructing the self or an opportunity for
changing others? 230
Xueji SU
14 Localizing the responsibility to protect: European and
Brazilian perspectives 248
Jan Wouters and Francisca Costa Reis
15 The AI global order: what place for the European Union? 265
Matthieu Burnay and Alexandru Circiumaru

16 Keep on trading in the Free World 284
Fernando Dias Simões
17 The EU and the US on investor-state dispute settlement reform 303
Emily Gilson
18 The European Union’s global actorness in the climate
change era: using Sustainable Development Goals to bring
China and the US together 325
Doga Ulas Eralp
19 Tackling labour rights and environmental protection
through trade and Sustainable Development Chapters: the
European approach 344
Iulianna Romanchyshyna
20 Reform of international investment agreements and
sustainable development: contrasting the EU and Global
South approaches 358
Gudrun Zagel
21 The ‘object and purpose’ and incrementalism of
investment treaties: can international investment law
reinvent its identity? 379
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