The Architecture of Global Governance

An Introduction To the Study of International Organizations


James P Muldoon, Jr.

First Edition • August 1, 2003 • 336 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813368443 • $49.00 USD$58.99 CAN

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In our world of massive and rapid change, international organizations are at the vanguard of a worldwide movement to build a new world order based on the principles of global governance. The international system established in the wake of World War II is coming undone, argues James Muldoon, and the cornerstones of 20th century international relations—the Westphalian nation-state system, the Wilsonian principles of collective security and self-determination, and the faith in technological and scientific progress—are being undermined by the forces of globalization and fragmentation that characterize the post-Cold War world. At center stage of this dramatic transition to a new global order is a throng of international organizations which must contend with the increasing disarray of international relations and still manage the many latent and new problems on the international agenda. Muldoon skillfully guides the uninitiated through the tangled world of international organizations, pointing out along the way important events and key factors which have shaped their creation and evolution. This new and timely textbook makes the esoteric subject of international organizations accessible and very engaging for a new generation of students and scholars. Appraising the dynamics of systemic transformation and the challenges posed by expanding global interdependence, The Architecture of Global Governance puts international organizations in their proper context and restores the study of international organizations as a vibrant and critical field of contemporary international relations.

James P. Muldoon Jr. is senior fellow with the Center for Global Change and Governance, Rutgers-Newark.

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Professor’s Muldoon’s comprehensive analysis of international organizations rewards abundantly the interest of the reader…Muldoon’s reading of the history of contributions to the development of international relations theory is an inspiring and original one. He links up so ably ideas on ‘international’ relations, from early Egyptian and Mesopotamian traditions to contemporary ‘World Orders’ outlines, that he makes us believe there is indeed a long continuum and a gradual construction of a global governance project that may eventually lead us to the expected destination…Indeed a very convincing invitation for students of international relations to read texts that can still add freshness to academic debates after centuries of numerous experiments in the organization of the international society.”
— Petru Dumitriu, , DiploFoundation

How should human affairs be managed? What is the ideal form of government? In the absence of a global sovereign, can the nations and peoples of the world get along? If so, how might this be possible? James Muldoon’ s latest book, The Architecture of Global Governance, offers a comprehensive study of the theory and practice of international politics as it pertains to the pursuit of world order. This fresh look at the ‘global governance project’ is mindful of the harsh realities of international politics under anarchy. Yet, with its forceful examination of the complex interactions of states, markets, and civil society on the global stage, it sounds a hopeful note about the world’s capacity to achieve lasting peace, foster economic growth and sustainable development, and pursue justice. The architecture Muldoon sketches in this book is the ideas, the actors, and the phenomena that have shaped the modern international system. From its survey of classical political thought through its description of the institutions that govern our everyday lives, this book serves as a compelling reminder that the quest for global governance is as old as human history itself.
— James J. Marquardt, Assistant Professor, Lake Forest College

A marvelously lucid account of the organizations and normative structures developed by governments, social movements and corporate actors to facilitate, monitor and regulate the movement of people, products and ideas across national frontiers. This is a fine, lively introduction for the student and the intelligent reader in search of a guide through the institutional maze of a decentralized global political order.
— Tom Farer, University of Denver

This superb introduction to international organizations provides all of the essentials in only 274 pages: (1) deep historical context, (2)overview of the emergence of a diversity of academic approaches, (3) analysis of an array of global issues, and (4) coverage of international organizations of states, business and civil society. Readers are challenged to ponder ‘the tussle between the three pillars’ (states, business and civil society) in emerging global governance
— Chadwick F. Alger, Mershon Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Emeritus, The Ohio State University

The Architecture of Global Governance provides a rich and detailed analysis of the evolution and future challenges associated with the efforts of diverse actors to provide for international order. Muldoon’s discussion of the three ‘pillars’ of global governance synthesizes an impressive array of information about international organizations, multinational corporations, and civil society actors in a manner perfectly suited for student comprehension.
— Courtney B. Smith, Seton Hall University

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