This book offers a unique assessment of the G20’s development agenda and its potential to be an impactful actor in the global architecture of development cooperation. Representing two-thirds of the world population, 85 percent of economic output, 75 percent of global trade, and 80 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, the G20 embodies an overwhelming concentration of economic and political power, enhanced through regular meetings of heads of state and government. This position allows it the opportunity to play a significant role in ongoing multilateral policy processes, but also to further undermine universal development governance at the UN, already challenged by the Bretton Woods institutions, OECD and G8.

Providing context and a history of the G20’s involvement in development governance, expert international contributors consider the outcome of major conferences, the perspectives of China, India, and the EU, the shift away from positions held by Western countries and the role of civil society. They also offer in-depth analysis of the G20’s engagement with issues concerning infrastructure, food and agriculture, taxation, macro-economic policy and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The book will be of interest to scholars and students of development, international organisations and global governance.

chapter |22 pages


The G20, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda
ByDries Lesage, Jan Wouters

part I|109 pages

Context and Paradigms

chapter 1|27 pages

G20 Development Governance

ByJohn Kirton, Alissa Xinhe Wang

chapter 2|18 pages

G20 Sustainable Development Governance

Epistemic, Normative, and Political Influences
ByJonathan Luckhurst

chapter 3|15 pages

The G20's Contribution to Sustainable Development

A Perspective from China
ByWeiyuan Gao, Jan Wouters

chapter 4|15 pages

The Indian Approach to the G20 Development Policy Track

ByGulshan Sachdeva

chapter 5|17 pages

How Close Is the European Consensus to the Seoul Consensus?

Evolving EU Development Policy Discourse
ByPeter Debaere, Sarah Delputte, Jan Orbie

chapter 6|15 pages

Input Legitimacy of the G20 Development Policy Track

BySteven Slaughter

part II|107 pages

Themes and Outcomes

chapter 8|20 pages

Infrastructure at the G20

ByGregory T. Chin, Zhu Jiejin

chapter 10|15 pages

The G20's Orchestrating Role in Tax and Development

ByDries Lesage, Wouter Lips