This book provides a detailed examination of UN World Conferences with respect to the interface between diplomatic method and new forms of global governance. Because of the complex dynamics involved in these large international conferences, it highlights a number of important theoretical debates central to the study of international relations.

The picture that emerges, while not translating into a complete recipe for a shift towards democratic governance, suggests a deepening network of institutions, actors and organizations forming the complex regimes that govern the major arenas of world politics. At a country-specific level, the analysis supports the view that a deep residue of multilateralism still exists in Canada but argues that this tradition faces ongoing challenges from a variety of sources.

  • Andrew F. Cooper

    A prolific author and authoritative voice in the study of global governance, Andrew F. Cooper is one of the longest-serving experts at CIGI, having joined the organization in 2002. Andrew’s recent research projects focus on national perspectives on the G8 and G20, unconventional diplomacy in areas such as celebrity activism and Caribbean offshore gambling, the interaction of globalization and regionalism in the Americas, and the changing hierarchy in world politics.