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NEW BOOK: THE WEST AND THE GLOBAL POWER SHIFT: TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

PIR’s John Peterson and colleagues in TRANSWORLD – an 3 year EU-funded project on US-European relations and global governance (http://www.transworld-fp7.eu/) – have produced a new title just published by Palgrave Macmillan.

PIR’s John Peterson and colleagues in TRANSWORLD – an 3 year EU-funded project on US-European relations and global governance  (http://www.transworld-fp7.eu/) – have produced a new title just published by Palgrave Macmillan.  The volume presents research findings from TRANSWORLD written by leading scholars of transatlantic relations (including PIR’s Chad Damro).  Its central arguments are that:

·Power configurations between the West and emerging powers differ markedly in different policy sectors, such as security v. economics v. environmental protection.  An important reason why is that foreign policy choices are increasingly shaped by domestic political calculations and competition on the part of insecure governments whose states face an uncertain global future.  As such, international relations theory that seeks to generalise about a global power shift purely on the basis of systemic factors miss considerable nuance and lose explanatory power.  

·Leadership in global governance is complex and complicated by global power shifts.  Leadership – by the West or anyone else – requires not only greater power and authority, but also persuasion, bargaining, and moral suasion, all of which are necessary strategies to build coalitions and manage conflicts between great powers.

Stephen Walt of Harvard University has said of The West and the Global Power Shift:

‘Readers seeking useful ways to understand an uncertain and increasingly worrisome world will learn a great deal from this excellent book’.  Seehttp://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781137574855.

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