The articles in the volume are organized around three main themes. Part One explores both the changing patterns of global power from the viewpoint of geopolitics and the Gramscian approach to the study of international relations. Part Two further develops the debate among a number of eminent historians and sociologists challenging both the apologists for and the opponents of globalization in new and unexpected ways. Part Three traces the emergence of regional economic networks and explores the ambiguous problems of security and identity posed by the old-new transborder formations.
There are 30 such conferences to compare, and many argue that they have not been worth the money spent on them. Others, however, suggest that they offer the only effective way to address global problems, like racism, sexism, overpopulation, environmental degradation, overfishing, urbanization, and the proliferation of small arms.
This is the first comprehensive study of this key topic, delivering information essential to the ongoing debate on multilateralism, with examinations of:
* the typical structure of a conference
* description of the Global Conferences
* substantive and institutional outcomes of the conferences
* changes resulting from the conferences
* UN Conferences as mechanisms for coping with the problems of the 21st Century
This book is essential reading for students of the United Nations, international organisation and global governance, as well as practitioners from non-governmental organizations.
Timely, provocative and original, this book is a major contribution to international political economy and is essential reading for all students and academics in the field.