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Global Ordering

Institutions and Autonomy in a Changing World

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Global Ordering

Institutions and Autonomy in a Changing World

Despite myriad global forces influencing the lives of individuals, societies, and polities, people continue to value their personal and communal independence. They insist on shaping the conditions of their existence to the fullest extent possible. At the same time, many formal and informal institutions – from transnational legal and financial regimes to new governance arrangements for aboriginal communities in environmentally sensitive regions – are evolving, adapting to meet new challenges, or failing to adjust rapidly enough.

Global Ordering examines the key institutions and organizations that mediate the ever-more complex relationship between globalization and autonomy. Bringing together an outstanding group of scholars, this ground-breaking book contributes significantly to the work of re-imagining the circumstances under which integrative systemic forces can be brought into alignment with irreducible commitments to individual and collective autonomy. It is an important work that maps the new frontier of globalization studies.

Table of Contents


1 Globalization, Autonomy, and Institutional Change / William D. Coleman, Louis W. Pauly, and Diana Brydon

Part 1: Systemic Themes

2 The United Nations, the Bretton Woods Institutions, and the Reconstruction of a Multilateral Order / Louis W. Pauly

3 International Law, Dispute Settlement, and Autonomy / Guy Gensey and Gilbert R. Winham

4 Agricultural Trade and the World Trade Organization / William D. Coleman

5 World Heritage Sites and the Culture of the Commons / Caren Irr 

6 Fantasies at the International Whaling Commission: Management, Sustainability, Conservation / Petra Rethmann

7 Globalization, Autonomy, and Global Institutions: Accounting for Accounting / Sarah Eaton and Tony Porter

8 Transnational Law and Privatized Governance / A. Claire Cutler

9 Transnational Actors and Global Social Welfare Policy: The Limits of Private Institutions in Global Governance / Michael Webb and Emily Sinclair

Part 2: Regional Variations

10 Differentiated Autonomy: North America's Model of Transborder Governance / Stephen Clarkson

11 Sovereignty Revisited: European Reconfigurations, Global Challenges, and Implications for Small States / Ulf Hedetoft

12 Subsidiarity and Autonomy in the European Union / Ian Cooper

13 Institutions of Arctic Ordering: The Cases of Greenland and Nunavut / Natalia Loukacheva 

14 Conclusion: Institutions, Autonomy, and Complexity / Louis W. Pauly

Notes and Acknowledgments


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