Global structures nowadays are formed by two main trends: the rise of non-traditional powers that are not fully integrated to the system and the emergence of global challenges — such as the climate change problem — that can no longer be solved by a small group of rich nations, thus requiring more complex answers. These two aspects have profound implications in the comprehension of order, justice, inequality, collective action and of global norms and institutions. The established structures of global governance (such as the UN Security Council or the G8) face the challenge of integrating effectively these new influences and experiences if they wish to remain capable of the task of offering global public goods, the very motive underlying their creation. What does that mean for the functioning of international institutions and of global governance mechanisms? What are the emerging powers contributions to global governance and where can they assume leadership? How can international institutions and existing governance mechanisms be altered to better suit the new geopolitical reality?
Coordinator: Oliver Stuenkel.