Global Governance Futures addresses the crucial importance of thinking through the future of global governance arrangements. It considers the prospects for the governance of world order approaching the middle of the twenty-first century by exploring today’s most pressing and enduring health, social, ecological, economic, and political challenges. Each of the expert contributors considers the drivers of continuity and change within systems of governance and how actors, agents, mechanisms, and resources are and could be mobilized.

The aim is not merely to understand state, intergovernmental, and non-state actors. It is also to draw attention to those underappreciated aspects of global governance that push understanding beyond strictures of traditional conceptualizations and offer better insights into the future of world order.

The book’s three parts enable readers to appreciate better the sum of forces likely to shape world order in the near and not-so-near future:

  • “Planetary” encompasses changes wrought by continuing human domination of the earth; war; current and future geopolitical, civilizational, and regional contestations; and life in and between urban and non-urban environments.
  • “Divides” includes threats to human rights gains; the plight of migrants; those who have and those who do not; persistent racial, gender, religious, and sexualorientation-based discrimination; and those who govern and those who are governed.
  • “Challenges” involves food and health insecurities; ongoing environmental degradation and species loss; the current and future politics of international assistance and data; and the wrong turns taken in the control of illicit drugs and crime.

Designed to engage advanced undergraduate and graduate students in international relations, organization, law, and political economy as well as a general audience, this book invites readers to adopt both a backward- and forward-looking view of global governance. It will spark discussion and debate as to how dystopic futures might be avoided and change agents mobilized.

chapter Chapter 1|19 pages

Making sense of global governance futures

ByThomas G. Weiss, Rorden Wilkinson

part I|94 pages


chapter |3 pages


ByThomas G. Weiss, Rorden Wilkinson

chapter Chapter 2|14 pages

Global governance and the Anthropocene

Explaining the escalating global crisis
ByPeter Dauvergne

chapter Chapter 3|13 pages


The governance of violence and the violence of governance
ByLaura J. Shepherd

chapter Chapter 4|16 pages


Competition in an age of shared global threats
ByThomas Hanson

chapter Chapter 5|17 pages


Fusion or clash?
ByKishore Mahbubani

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

Regions and regionalism

Confronting new forms of connectedness
ByRosemary Foot

chapter Chapter 7|14 pages


Understanding global urban governance
ByDaniel Pejic, Michele Acuto

part II|86 pages


chapter |3 pages


ByThomas G. Weiss, Rorden Wilkinson

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

Human rights after the West

Goodbye to all that
ByStephen Hopgood

chapter Chapter 9|18 pages

Migration governance 2050

Utopia, dystopia, or heterotopia?
ByAlexander Betts

chapter Chapter 10|20 pages

The global governance of poverty and inequality

ByDavid Hulme, Aarti Krishnan

chapter Chapter 11|16 pages


The new apartheid on a global scale
ByRobbie Shilliam

chapter Chapter 12|14 pages


Who governs and who is governed?
ByLaura Sjoberg

part III|114 pages


chapter |4 pages


ByThomas G. Weiss, Rorden Wilkinson

chapter Chapter 13|15 pages


Governance challenges for a hot and hungry planet
ByJennifer Clapp

chapter Chapter 14|16 pages

The future of global health governance

Less global, less health, less governance
ByAnne Roemer-Mahler

chapter Chapter 15|15 pages

Climate action

Beyond the Paris Agreement
ByAdriana Erthal Abdenur

chapter Chapter 16|16 pages


Protecting the planetary web of life
ByMaria Ivanova, Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy

chapter Chapter 17|17 pages


The COVID-19 crisis and beyond
ByCatherine Weaver, Rachel Rosenberg

chapter Chapter 18|13 pages


Global governance challenges
ByMadeline Carr, Jose Tomas Llanos

chapter Chapter 19|16 pages

Illicit drugs

Prohibition and the international drug-control regime
ByMónica Serrano