This edited book focuses on the dynamic balance between global cultural diversity and multilateral convergence in relevant policy areas that involve actual and potential policy convergences (and divergences): the environment, trade, peace and security, and human rights.

It offers theoretical reflections about the impact of the concept of multiple modernities on new ideas, cultural backgrounds, and/or national or regional particularities. An interdisciplinary team of authors combines comparative policy analysis with theoretical dialogue about the conceptual, institutional, normative, and political dimensions of a new kind of multilateral cooperation. Finally, the book concludes that by stimulating an intercultural dialogue which goes beyond a mere "rational choice" approach, we can foster progress through a better understanding of the opportunities and limitations offered by a pluralist, varied, post-hegemonic, and multilayered form of multilateral cooperation.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European/EU studies, economics, human rights, climate change, history, cultural studies, international relations, international political economy, security studies, and international law.

chapter |13 pages


part I|53 pages

Environmental policy, climate change, and ecological civilization

part II|48 pages

Trade wars, economic cooperation, and social justice

part III|34 pages

Which global governance and multilateral peacekeeping?

chapter 7|13 pages

Multilateralism in crisis

A European perspective 1

part IV|46 pages

Universalism versus relativism in protecting human rights

part V|20 pages

Towards a new multilateralism: deepening the conceptual dimension

chapter 12|18 pages

Multilateralism via inter-practicality

Institutions and relations