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Beyond Gridlock

  • ID: 4376265
  • Book
  • September 2017
  • 280 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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It is now conventional wisdom to see the great policy challenges of the 21st century as inherently transnational. It is equally common to note the failures of the international institutions the world relies on to address such challenges. As the acclaimed 2013 book Gridlock argued, the world increasingly needs effective international cooperation, but multilateralism appears unable to deliver it in the face of deepening interdependence, rising multipolarity, and the growing complexity and fragmentation that characterise the global order.


Gridlock authors have now partnered with a group of leading experts to offer a trenchant reassessment of elements of the argument. Comparing anomalies and exceptions to multilateral dysfunction across a number of spheres of world politics, 

Beyond Gridlock explores seven pathways through and beyond gridlock. While multilateralism continues to fall short, 

Beyond Gridlock identifies systematic means to avoid or resist these forces and turn them into collective solutions. This book offers a vital new perspective on world politics as well as a practical guide for positive change in global policy.

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Table of contents



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Author biographies

1 Introduction: Pathways beyond Gridlock

Thomas Hale and David Held

2 Finance: Risk and Progress

Kevin Young

3 Monetary Policy: Making Fragmentation Work

Camila Villard Duran

4 Trade: Gridlock and Resilience

Andreas Klasen

5 Investment: Contestation and Transformation

Taylor St John

6 Energy: A Fundamental Transition?

Ann Florini

7 Humanitarianism: Stagnation, Fragmentation, and Possibilities

Kyle McNally and James Orbinski

8 Human rights: Leveraging Compliance

Tom Pegram

9 Health: New Leadership for Devastating Challenges

Garrett Wallace Brown and David Held

10 Climate: From Gridlock to Catalyst

Thomas Hale

11 Cyber security: Gridlock and Innovation

Lucas Kello

12 Weapons of Mass Destruction: Incremental Steps

Michael Clarke

13 Conclusion: Breaking the Cycle of Gridlock

Thomas Hale and David Held
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Beyond Gridlock is a powerful, authoritative, timely, and ultimately sobering sequel to Gridlock Required reading for all scholars and practitioners aiming to strengthen the global cooperation that is vital for the world s survival and sustainable development.
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Columbia University

Hale and Held′s overarching vision, and their collaborators′ deep–dive into specific challenges, provide the frontier, key statements on global gridlock. Everyone needs to read Hale and Held.
Danny Quah, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS

Getting us beyond current gridlock will require every good idea we can muster. This book shows the way forward.
John Gerard Ruggie, Harvard University

Hale and Held unfold a fascinating map of multiple pathways of change that are never prescribed, sometimes mutually reinforcing, always challenging.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UNFCCC 2010–2016

"As Hale and Held see it, the institutions of global governance are inadequate, but small innovations and experiments in cooperation often pursued regionally, in coalition with civil society groups, or by transnational technical elites show promise."
Foreign Affairs

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