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 I|18 pages


chapter |16 pages

International organization and global governance in a turbulent world

ByThomas G. Weiss, Rorden Wilkinson

part II|68 pages

Contextualizing international organization and global governance

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

The emergence of global governance

ByCraig N. Murphy

chapter Chapter 2|11 pages

The evolution of international law

ByCharlotte Ku

chapter Chapter 3|13 pages

International organizations and the diffusion of power

ByMichael Barnett, Raymond Duvall

chapter Chapter 4|14 pages

The diffusion of authority

ByDavid Held, Eva-Maria Nag

chapter Chapter 5|14 pages

Who governs the globe?

BySusan K. Sell

part III|169 pages

Theories of international organization and global governance

chapter Chapter 6|11 pages


ByJason Charrette, Jennifer Sterling-Folker

chapter Chapter 7|14 pages

Classical liberal internationalism

ByChrister Jönsson

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

Liberal institutionalism

ByTana Johnson, Andrew Heiss

chapter Chapter 9|11 pages


BySusan Park

chapter Chapter 10|11 pages

The English School

ByTim Dunne, Ian Hall

chapter Chapter 11|13 pages

Rational choice and indirect global governance

ByHenning Tamm, Duncan Snidal

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

Critical theory

ByRobert W. Cox

chapter Chapter 13|11 pages


ByJulian Germann

chapter Chapter 14|13 pages


BySusanne Zwingel, Elisabeth Prügl, Gülay Çağlar

chapter Chapter 15|11 pages


ByJames Brassett

chapter Chapter 16|14 pages

Post-colonial global governance 1

ByAdekeye Adebajo

chapter Chapter 17|13 pages

Chinese approaches

ByYongjin Zhang

chapter Chapter 18|13 pages

Queer international organization and global governance

ByAriel G. Mekler

part IV|105 pages

States and international institutions in global governance

chapter Chapter 19|16 pages

The UN system

ByNatalie Samarasinghe, Giovanna Kuele

chapter Chapter 20|15 pages

The UN General Assembly

ByM.J. Peterson

chapter Chapter 21|15 pages

The European Union

ByBen Rosamond

chapter Chapter 22|14 pages

The staying power of the BRICS

ByAndrew F. Cooper, Ramesh Thakur

chapter Chapter 23|13 pages

The Global South

ByJacqueline Anne Braveboy-Wagner

chapter Chapter 24|16 pages

US hegemony

ByW. Andy Knight

chapter Chapter 25|12 pages

China and global governance

ByShaun Breslin, Ren Xiao

part V|122 pages

Non-state actors in global governance

chapter Chapter 26|11 pages

Global corporations

ByChristopher May

chapter Chapter 27|15 pages

Civil society and NGOs

ByJan Aart Scholte

chapter Chapter 28|14 pages


ByRobert O’Brien

chapter Chapter 29|12 pages

Credit rating agencies

ByTimothy J. Sinclair

chapter Chapter 30|21 pages

Think tanks and global policy networks

ByJames G. McGann, Laura Messner

chapter Chapter 31|17 pages

Global philanthropy

ByMichael Moran

chapter Chapter 32|14 pages

Private military and security companies

ByPeter J. Hoffman

chapter Chapter 33|14 pages

Transnational criminal networks

ByFrank G. Madsen

part VI|140 pages

Securing the world, governing humanity

chapter Chapter 34|17 pages

UN Security Council and peace operations

ByPaul D. Williams, Alex J. Bellamy

chapter Chapter 35|14 pages

Regional organizations and global security governance

ByS. Neil MacFarlane

chapter Chapter 36|13 pages

Weapons of Mass Destruction

ByWaheguru Pal Singh Sidhu

chapter Chapter 37|12 pages

Countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism

ByPeter Romaniuk

chapter Chapter 38|14 pages

Human rights

ByDaniel Braaten, David P. Forsythe

chapter Chapter 39|12 pages

The pursuit of international justice

ByRichard J. Goldstone

chapter Chapter 40|12 pages

Humanitarian intervention and R2P

BySimon Chesterman

chapter Chapter 41|15 pages

Crisis and humanitarian containment

ByFabrice Weissman

chapter Chapter 42|13 pages

Sustaining the peace

ByGert Rosenthal

chapter Chapter 43|12 pages

Human security as a global public good

ByStefanie Neumeier, Mark Raymond

part VII|162 pages

Governing the economic and social world

chapter Chapter 44|13 pages

Global financial governance

ByBessma Momani

chapter Chapter 45|14 pages

Global trade governance

ByBernard Hoekman

chapter Chapter 46|15 pages

Global development governance

ByKatherine Marshall

chapter Chapter 47|12 pages

Global environmental governance

ByElizabeth R. DeSombre, Andreea Sabau

chapter Chapter 48|11 pages

Regional development banks and global governance

ByJonathan R. Strand

chapter Chapter 49|12 pages

Climate change

ByMatthew J. Hoffmann

chapter Chapter 50|16 pages

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the promise of a transformative agenda

BySakiko Fukuda-Parr

chapter Chapter 51|14 pages

Global energy governance

ByHarald Heubaum

chapter Chapter 52|12 pages

Food and hunger

ByJennifer Clapp

chapter Chapter 53|13 pages

Global health governance

BySophie Harman, Andreas Papamichail

chapter Chapter 54|13 pages

Refugees and migrants

ByNicholas R. Micinski

chapter Chapter 55|11 pages

Global Internet governance

ByMadeline Carr