Enhancing Global Governance: Towards a New Diplomacy?

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  • Edited Andrew Cooper, John English and Ramesh Thakur

    ISBN-10: 92-808-1074-X,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1074-5
    United Nations University Press
    March 2003

    Enhancing Global Governance analyses the means by which global governance has been promoted by innovative diplomatic practices. What makes this dynamic more compelling, and worthy of study, is that the impetus for a new diplomacy has not emerged on a top-down basis. Rather, the innovative drive has been animated from different sources ‘from below’ in the international architecture via a series of cross cutting coalitions between and among ‘like-minded states’ and civil society. The question of how these alternative leadership forms have been expressed through the United Nations system, together with an evaluation of the impact they have achieved, provides the fundamental theme binding together the individual contributions to this collection.

    The first tier of chapters provides an overview of the frustrations concerning the nature of leadership from the P5 members of the Security Council that has continued to be embedded in the post-Cold War settlement. A second tier looks at the manner through which innovative diplomatic practices played out in two significant case studies: the development of the Ottawa Treaty to ban anti-personnel landmines and the campaign to establish an international court. The third tier of chapters points towards the application of new diplomacy in different domains of international activity. On the one hand, the range of analysis is extended by probing the possibility, the legitimacy, and the potential effectiveness of a new diplomacy in the commercial sphere, with particular application of ‘codes of conduct’ that would affect both states and global business. On the other hand, the possibilities and the limitations of new diplomacy are explored in selected areas of the expanded security agenda, such as child soldiers and ‘conflict’ diamonds.

    Like Minded Nations, NGOs, and the Changing Pattern of Diplomacy within the UN System: An Introductory Perspective; �EThe Future of the UN Security Council: Questions of Legitimacy and Representation in Multilateral Governance; The New Diplomacy at the United Nations: How Substantive? Why is the USA not a Like-Minded Country? Some Structural Notes and Historical Considerations; Global Civil Society and the Ottawa Process: Lessons from the Movement to Ban Anti-Personnel Mines; The United Nations, NGOs, and the Land-Mines Initiative: An Australian Perspective; Harnessing Social Power: State Diplomacy and the Land-Mines Issue; Peace, Justice, and Politics: The International Criminal Court, New Diplomacy,and the UN System; Between Counter-Hegemony and Post-Hegemony: The Rome Statute and Normative Innovation in World Politics; Industry Regulation and Self-Regulation: The Case of Labour Standards; Negotiating a Code of Conduct: A Canadian Experience; Doing the Business: The International Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations, and the Global Compact; Codes of Conduct and Children in Armed Conflict; Smarter, Sharper, Stronger? UN Sanctions and Conflict Diamonds in Angola; Security in the New Millennium.

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