Completely revised and updated, this textbook continues to offer the most comprehensive resource available. Concise chapters from a diverse mix of established and emerging global scholars offer accessible, in-depth coverage of the history and theories of international organization and global governance and discussions of the full range of state, intergovernmental, and non-state actors.

All chapters have been revised and rewritten to reflect the rapid development of world events, with new chapters added on:

  • Chinese approaches to international organization and global governance
  • The UN System
  • The Global South
  • Sustaining the Peace
  • Queering International Organization and Global Governance
  • Post-colonial Global Governance
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • The English School
  • Inequality
  • Migration

Divided into seven parts woven together by a comprehensive introduction, along with separate introductions to each part and helpful pointers to further reading, International Organization and Global Governance provides a balanced, critical perspective that enables readers to comprehend more fully the role of myriad actors in the governance of global life.

part II|68 pages

Contextualizing international organization and global governance

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

The emergence of global governance

chapter Chapter 2|11 pages

The evolution of international law

chapter Chapter 4|14 pages

The diffusion of authority

chapter Chapter 5|14 pages

Who governs the globe?

part III|169 pages

Theories of international organization and global governance

chapter Chapter 6|11 pages


chapter Chapter 7|14 pages

Classical liberal internationalism

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

Liberal institutionalism

chapter Chapter 9|11 pages


chapter Chapter 10|11 pages

The English School

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

Critical theory

chapter Chapter 13|11 pages


chapter Chapter 14|13 pages


chapter Chapter 15|11 pages


chapter Chapter 16|14 pages

Post-colonial global governance 1

chapter Chapter 17|13 pages

Chinese approaches

part IV|105 pages

States and international institutions in global governance

chapter Chapter 19|16 pages

The UN system

chapter Chapter 20|15 pages

The UN General Assembly

chapter Chapter 21|15 pages

The European Union

chapter Chapter 22|14 pages

The staying power of the BRICS

chapter Chapter 23|13 pages

The Global South

chapter Chapter 24|16 pages

US hegemony

chapter Chapter 25|12 pages

China and global governance

part V|122 pages

Non-state actors in global governance

chapter Chapter 26|11 pages

Global corporations

chapter Chapter 27|15 pages

Civil society and NGOs

chapter Chapter 28|14 pages


chapter Chapter 29|12 pages

Credit rating agencies

chapter Chapter 31|17 pages

Global philanthropy

chapter Chapter 32|14 pages

Private military and security companies

chapter Chapter 33|14 pages

Transnational criminal networks

part VI|140 pages

Securing the world, governing humanity

chapter Chapter 36|13 pages

Weapons of Mass Destruction

chapter Chapter 38|14 pages

Human rights

chapter Chapter 39|12 pages

The pursuit of international justice

chapter Chapter 40|12 pages

Humanitarian intervention and R2P

chapter Chapter 41|15 pages

Crisis and humanitarian containment

chapter Chapter 42|13 pages

Sustaining the peace

part VII|162 pages

Governing the economic and social world

chapter Chapter 44|13 pages

Global financial governance

chapter Chapter 45|14 pages

Global trade governance

chapter Chapter 46|15 pages

Global development governance

chapter Chapter 47|12 pages

Global environmental governance

chapter Chapter 49|12 pages

Climate change

chapter Chapter 51|14 pages

Global energy governance

chapter Chapter 52|12 pages

Food and hunger

chapter Chapter 53|13 pages

Global health governance

chapter Chapter 54|13 pages

Refugees and migrants

chapter Chapter 55|11 pages

Global Internet governance