Completely revised and updated for the second edition, this textbook continues to offer the most comprehensive resource available for all interested in international organization and global governance.

The book offers:

  • In-depth and accessible coverage of the history and theories of international organization and global governance.
  • Discussions of the full range of state, intergovernmental, and non-state actors.
  • Examinations of key issues in all aspects of contemporary world politics.

New additions to this edition include:

  • New and revised chapters on theories of international organization and global governance.
  • New substantive chapters on global corporations, China, financial markets, terrorist organizations, governing global energy, and the Internet.
  • Updated contributions to reflect the changing nature of world politics.

The book comprises fifty-four chapters arranged in seven parts and woven together by a comprehensive introduction to the field, along with separate introductions to each part to guide students and faculty, and helpful pointers to further reading.

International Organization and Global Governance is a self-contained resource enabling readers to comprehend more fully the role of myriad actors in the governance of global life as well as to assemble the many pieces of the contemporary global governance puzzle.

part I|19 pages


chapter |17 pages

From international organization to global governance

ByThomas G. Weiss, Rorden Wilkinson

part II|70 pages

Contextualizing International Organization and Global Governance

chapter 1|12 pages

The emergence of global governance

ByCraig N. Murphy

chapter 2|14 pages

The evolution of international law

ByCharlotte Ku

chapter 3|12 pages

International organizations and the diffusion of power

ByMichael Barnett, Raymond Duvall

chapter 4|14 pages

The diffusion of authority

ByDavid Held

chapter 5|14 pages

Who governs the globe?

BySusan K. Sell

part III|127 pages

Theories of International Organization and Global Governance

chapter 6|12 pages


ByJason Charrette, Jennifer Sterling-Folker

chapter 7|14 pages

Classical liberal internationalism

ByChrister Jönsson

chapter 8|12 pages

Liberal institutionalism

ByTana Johnson, Andrew Heiss

chapter 9|11 pages

Rational choice

From principal—agent to orchestration theory
ByDuncan Snidal, Henning Tamm

chapter 10|11 pages


BySusan Park

chapter 11|13 pages

Critical theory

ByRobert W. Cox

chapter 12|10 pages


ByJulian Germann

chapter 13|13 pages


BySusanne Zwingel, Elisabeth Prügl, Gülay Çağlar

chapter 14|12 pages


ByJames Brassett

chapter 15|13 pages


(Re)making worlds
ByJacquelin Kataneksza, L.H.M. Ling, Sara Shroff

part IV|117 pages

States and International Institutions in Global Governance

chapter 16|13 pages

The UN system

ByLeon Gordenker

chapter 17|14 pages

The UN General Assembly

ByM.J. Peterson

chapter 18|18 pages

Regional governance and regional organizations

ByMônica Herz

chapter 19|15 pages

The European Union

ByBen Rosamond

chapter 20|16 pages

The BRICS in the evolving architecture of global governance

ByAndrew F. Cooper, Ramesh Thakur

chapter 21|12 pages

The Global South

ByIan Taylor

chapter 22|14 pages

US hegemony

ByW. Andy Knight

chapter 23|11 pages

China and global governance

ByShaun Breslin, Ren Xiao

part V|113 pages

Non-State Actors in Global Governance

chapter 24|10 pages

Global corporations

ByChristopher May

chapter 25|14 pages

Civil society and NGOs

ByJan Aart Scholte

chapter 26|14 pages


ByNigel Haworth, Steve Hughes

chapter 27|12 pages

Credit rating agencies

ByTimothy J. Sinclair

chapter 28|17 pages

Think tanks and global policy networks

ByJames G. McGann

chapter 29|15 pages

Global philanthropy

ByMichael Moran

chapter 30|14 pages

Private military and security companies

ByPeter J. Hoffman

chapter 31|13 pages

Transnational criminal networks

ByFrank G. Madsen

part VI|136 pages

Securing the World, Governing Humanity

chapter 32|16 pages

UN Security Council and peace operations

ByPaul D. Williams, Alex J. Bellamy

chapter 33|13 pages

Regional organizations and global security governance

ByS. Neil MacFarlane

chapter 34|14 pages

Weapons of mass destruction

ByWaheguru Pal, Singh Sidhu

chapter 35|13 pages

Counterterrorism cooperation and global governance

ByPeter Romaniuk

chapter 36|12 pages

Human rights

ByDavid P. Forsythe

chapter 37|11 pages

The pursuit of international justice

ByRichard J. Goldstone

chapter 38|12 pages

Humanitarian intervention and R2P

BySimon Chesterman

chapter 39|13 pages

Crisis and humanitarian containment

ByFabrice Weissman

chapter 40|15 pages

Post-Conflict peacebuilding

ByGraciana del Castillo

chapter 41|13 pages

Human security as a global public good

ByMark Raymond, Stefanie Neumeier

part VII|168 pages

Governing the Economic and Social World

chapter 42|12 pages

Global financial governance

ByBessma Momani

chapter 43|13 pages

Global trade governance

ByBernard Hoekman

chapter 44|14 pages

Global development governance

ByKatherine Marshall

chapter 45|13 pages

Global environmental governance

ByElizabeth R. DeSombre, H. Li Angelina

chapter 46|12 pages

Regional development banks and global governance

ByJonathan R. Strand

chapter 47|12 pages

Climate change

ByMatthew J. Hoffmann

chapter 48|14 pages

Sustainable development governance

ByRoger A. Coate

chapter 49|13 pages

Global energy governance

ByHarald Heubaum

chapter 50|13 pages

Poverty reduction

ByDavid Hulme, Oliver Turner

chapter 51|12 pages

Food and hunger

ByJennifer Clapp

chapter 52|13 pages

Global health governance

BySophie Harman

chapter 53|12 pages

Refugees and migrants

ByKhalid Koser

chapter 54|11 pages

Global Internet governance

ByMadeline Carr