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Tests of Global Governance: Canadian Diplomacy and United Nations World Conferences
By: Andrew F. Cooper
September 2004
  400 pages
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    Tests of Global Governance: Canadian Diplomacy and United Nations World Conferences provides a detailed examination of UN World Conferences with respect to the interface between diplomatic method and new forms of global governance. [READ MORE...]

    Andrew F. Cooper, is a professor of political science, and Associate Director at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, at the University of Waterloo, Ontario

    United Nations world conferences as tests of global governance: an overview

  • Emerging tests of diplomacy: transition from earlier UN world conferences
  • Tests of partnership: between statecraft and society-craft
  • Tests of leadership: the prime ministerial role
  • Tests of discipline: imposition or negotiation of the system of governance?
  • Tests of sovereignty: an evasive and estranged diplomacy?
  • Tests of the civilisational divide? The Cairo International Conference on Population and Development
  • Tests of difference: women's ownership of the Beijing conference
  • Tests of value with respect to Durban and beyond: anomaly or end of the life cycle?

    “As Andrew Cooper tells his readers early on in this complex and interesting study, scholars and pundits have heralded “a new diplomacyEwith remarkable regularity, roughly once every two decades. Nevertheless, Cooper makes a compelling case for his own version of a new diplomacy, one that involves many different actors in non-traditional settings such as UN conferences. Although Cooper is unsparing in his analysis of the limits of these new trends, he also gives us reason to hope that the new diplomacy can be a bridge between a territorially defined, state-centered Westphalian world and the varied, plural, multi-layered world of global governance.Ep> Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

    "This is an important book for anyone interested in international public policy. It gives a very clear picture of the actual workings of the "actually-existing" legislative process of global governance (problem-specific, global conferences) and the central, perhaps essential, role of "middle powers," Canada in particular."

    Craig N. Murphy is M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations Department of Political Science, Wellesley College

    "Tests of Global Governance is a remarkable piece of scholarship that combines theoretical observations about “complex multilateralismEwith empirical analysis of UN-sponsored conferences Eexpressions of innovative and flexible means of global organization today. Andy Cooper is one of the first scholars to utilize systematically UN conferences as a laboratory for testing as yet unexamined hypotheses concerning the interface between contemporary multilateral diplomacy and what can be considered as new forms of global governance. As a result, this book is path-breaking in its rethinking of the boundaries of global governance, of the intersection where top-down and bottom-up multilateralism meet, and of the ways in which “global welfarismE via the vehicle of new multilateralism, can balance the hyper-power of US hegemony. The Canadian state-society complex is implicated all the way through this excellent book, not only because it provides an example of how a state can corral bottom-up forces of civil society to punch above its weight in the multilateral arena, but also because it is the quintessential model of a potential post-Westphalian entity that uses flexibility and innovation in search of solutions that span the international/domestic divide. Scholars and practitioners will advance their understanding of the complexities of contemporary global governance arrangements by reading this thought-provoking book."

    W. Andy Knight is McCalla Research Professor, University of Alberta

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