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- ISBN-10: 92-808-1110-X,
- United Nations University Press
- May 2005
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How are good ideas for enhancing global governance converted into policy initiatives and international institutions? One major route has been via international commissions. The names of many are well known: Brandt, Palme, Brundtland, Kosovo, the Commission on Global Governance, and the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. Yet, as an expression of the power of ideas, in the search for a better world, they remain under-analyzed.
International Commissions and the Power of Ideas situates the Commissions as an inter-connected process shaping the mind – and the architectural body – of global governance. The influence of these Commissions has been varied, and these differences make this book particularly relevant. The character and record, and style and substance of a wide variety of International Commissions receive detailed analysis on an individual basis, while the generalized context and impact of International Commissions receives rich comparative appreciation.
Ramesh Thakur is the Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan, (Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations). Andrew F. Cooper is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, and Associate Director of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada. John English is Executive Director, of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada.
Contents ForewordPrefaceInternational Commissions and the Mind of Global GovernanceAn OverviewThe Brandt CommissionThe End of an Era in North-South PoliticsThe Palme CommissionNew Thinking about SecurityThe World Commission on Environment and DevelopmentIdeas and Institutions IntersectEquivocating on the Future of World OrderThe Commission on Global GovernanceRegulating the Possession and Use of Nuclear WeaponsIdeas, Commissions and Agency in International Security Politicsthe Case of the Canberra CommissionBeyond Temples and TombsTowards Effective Governance for Sustainable Development Through The World Commission on DamsFair AssessmentThe Independent International Commission on KosovoIntervention, Sovereignty and the Responsibility to ProtectAssessing the Report of the International Commission on Intervention and State SovereigntyHumanitarian Intervention and the Principle of Non-intervention in the AmericasIdeas, Institutions and the Evolution of Women’s Human RightsIdeas, Think Tanks, Commissions and Global PoliticsInternational Commission on Weapons of Mass DestructionUN Reform CommissionsIs Anyone Listening? Contributors Andrew F. CooperJohn EnglishJean-Phillipe ThérienGeoffrey WisemanW. Andy KnightMarianne HansonSanjeev KhagramRichard J. GoldstoneNicole Fritz Ramesh ThakurJennifer WelshCarolin ThielkingS. Neil MacFarlaneJorge HeineElizabeth Riddell-DixonJon PederseAmbassador Jayantha DhanapalaEdward C. Luck