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1945’s Lesson: “Good Enough” Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough

1945’s Lesson: “Good Enough” Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough Global Governance 21 (2015), 197–204 THE GLOBAL FORUM 1945’s Lesson: “Good Enough” Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough Dan Plesch and Thomas G. Weiss THE SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING AND ENTRY INTO FORCE OF the UN Charter should call attention to the 1942–1945 United Nations Alliance that gave rise to the world body and the underpinnings of contem- porary global governance. However, no longer are wars the only threats to international order. The growing list of intractable problems ranges from climate change and migration to pandemics and terrorism. What remains unchanged after seven decades is that the policy author- ity and resources necessary for tackling such problems remain vested in individual states rather than collectively in intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). The fundamental disconnect between a growing number of global challenges and the current inadequate structures for international problem solving and decisionmaking helps to explain occasional, tactical, and short- term local views and responses instead of sustained, strategic, and longer- run global perspectives and actions. The rediscovery of the wartime United Nations contradicts the conven- tional wisdom that liberalism was abandoned to confront the Nazis and imperial Japan; it asserts that the ideals of Immanuel Kant were found to be essential http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

1945’s Lesson: “Good Enough” Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-02102002
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Abstract

Global Governance 21 (2015), 197–204 THE GLOBAL FORUM 1945’s Lesson: “Good Enough” Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough Dan Plesch and Thomas G. Weiss THE SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING AND ENTRY INTO FORCE OF the UN Charter should call attention to the 1942–1945 United Nations Alliance that gave rise to the world body and the underpinnings of contem- porary global governance. However, no longer are wars the only threats to international order. The growing list of intractable problems ranges from climate change and migration to pandemics and terrorism. What remains unchanged after seven decades is that the policy author- ity and resources necessary for tackling such problems remain vested in individual states rather than collectively in intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). The fundamental disconnect between a growing number of global challenges and the current inadequate structures for international problem solving and decisionmaking helps to explain occasional, tactical, and short- term local views and responses instead of sustained, strategic, and longer- run global perspectives and actions. The rediscovery of the wartime United Nations contradicts the conven- tional wisdom that liberalism was abandoned to confront the Nazis and imperial Japan; it asserts that the ideals of Immanuel Kant were found to be essential

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2015

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