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Book review: Divided nations: why global governance is failing and what we can do about it

Blog post from London School of Economics & Political Science
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  • Ge Environmental Sciences
  • Hc Economic History And Conditions
  • Hn Social History And Conditions. Social Problems. Social Reform
  • Jz International Relations


"Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing and What We Can Do About It." Ian Goldin. Oxford University Press. March 2013. --- Humanity today faces a number of international challenges which spill over national boundaries: climate change, finance, pandemics, cyber security, and migration. It is becoming increasingly apparent that bodies created to assist in global governance – those such as the UN, the IMF, and the World Bank – are inadequate for the task of managing such risk in the 21st century, writes Ian Goldin, in his exploration of whether the answer is to reform the existing structures, or to consider a new and radical approach. Martin Hearson feels that Divided Nations offers some sage advice for reflection on shifting global power dynamics, but its case would be much more powerful without such a strong dose of globalisation hyperbole.

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