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The Making of the World: How International Organizations Shape Our Future by Yves Schemeil

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International Organizations (IOs) were designed to provide global public goods, among which security for all, trade for the richest, and development for the poorest. Their very existence is now a promise of success for the cooperative turn in international relations. Although the IO network was once created by established powers, rising states can hardly resist the massive production of norms that their governments can be reluctant to respect without being able to discard them. IOs are omnipresent, and exert great influence on the world as we know it. However, rulers and ruled are hardly aware of such compelling and snowballing processes. Yves Schemeil used his in-depth knowledge of IOs to analyze their current impact on international relations, on world politics, and their potential of shaping the global future. This book fills the gap between actual influence and extant knowledge of IOs; it also assesses the likeliness of an even more intertwined world, in which IOs’ network cannot be disentangled – at least, not as easily as assessed by authoritarian leaders and authoritative authors. The book is based on a sound knowledge of dozens of organizations directly or indirectly observed, either personally or through teams of students in several countries, which made it possible for the author to select the hardest cases to test his hypotheses, and assess the option that we may ever have a world government.

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ISBN 9783847421467
Author Yves Schemeil
Format Paperback
Page Count 320
Imprint Verlag Barbara Budrich
Publisher Verlag Barbara Budrich


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