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Grand Challenges of Planetary Governance

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Grand Challenges of Planetary Governance

Global Order in Turbulent Times

9781802200713 Edward Elgar Publishing
Oran R. Young, Professor Emeritus, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara, US
Publication Date: August 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80220 071 3 Extent: c 192 pp
In this timely book, leading scholar Oran Young reflects on the future of the global order. Developing new lenses through which to consider needs for governance arising on a global scale, Young investigates the grand challenges of the 21st century requiring the most urgent and sustained planetary responses: protecting the Earth’s climate system; controlling the eruption of pandemics; suppressing disruptive uses of cyberspace; and guiding the biotechnology revolution.

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In this timely book, leading scholar Oran Young reflects on the future of the global order. Developing new lenses through which to consider needs for governance arising on a global scale, Young investigates the grand challenges of the 21st century requiring the most urgent and sustained planetary responses: protecting the Earth’s climate system; controlling the eruption of pandemics; suppressing disruptive uses of cyberspace; and guiding the biotechnology revolution.
 
Exploring how developments such as globalization, the rise of increasingly influential non-state actors, and the onset of the cyber age are eroding the institutional foundations of international society, this book considers the prospects for new forms of global order that differ in important ways from the familiar but increasingly problematic states system.
 
Offering critical insights into the pressing need for institutional change to meet 21st century challenges, this book will prove beneficial to scholars working on matters involving governance on a global scale. Practitioners looking to connect their actions to broader analytic concerns will also find the book insightful.
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‘Oran Young, known worldwide for his contributions to thinking about governance, has taken advantage of the isolation imposed by Covid-19 to produce a ground-breaking analysis of the distinctive challenges of the 21st century along with changes in the global order as we move beyond a western-dominated world. The result is essential reading for all those interested in governance. It will also inspire policy analysts looking for fresh perspectives on specific issues.’
– Jian Yang, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, China

‘In this timely book, Oran Young, the world’s leading authority on international governance, provides a deep analysis of 21st century challenges of planetary governance. Using a range of prominent cases, he considers different ways to think about the needs for governance and explores alternative approaches to addressing them.’
– Alexander N. Vylegzhanin, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia

‘Oran Young is a towering intellectual – the dean of academics concerned with environmental governance. As a person also engaged with the very governance he studies, he can think profoundly and act too, powerfully and pragmatically. This combination of imagining the ideal while engaging with the actual makes him a unique guide to the future, a future that may differ drastically from the present.’
– Durwood Zaelke, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, US
Contents
Contents: Preface 1. Building intellectual capital for turbulent times 2. Grand challenges of planetary governance in the 21st century 3. Steering mechanisms for social and socioecological systems 4. What do we mean when we speak about the effectiveness of governance systems? 5. Does formalization enhance institutional effectiveness? 6. Escaping social and socioecological traps in complex systems 7. The technological dimensions of governance 8. The future of the global order References Index

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