Contested World Orders

Volume “Contested World Orders - Rising Powers, Non-Governmental Organizations, and the Politics of Authority Beyond the Nation-State” published at Oxford University Press



Out now: The Volume "Contested World Orders", edited by Matthew D. Stephen and Michael Zürn.
Out now: The Volume "Contested World Orders", edited by Matthew D. Stephen and Michael Zürn.

World orders are increasingly contested. As inter­national institu­tions have taken on ever more ambitious tasks, they have been chal­lenged by rising powers dis­satisfied with existing institu­tional inequa­lities, by non-govern­mental organi­zations worried about the direction of global gover­nance, and even by some estab­lished powers no longer content to lead the insti­tutions they them­selves created. For the first time, this volume examines these sources of contes­tation under a common and syste­matic institu­tionalist framework. While the authority of inter­national insti­tutions has deepened, at the same time it has fueled contes­tation and resis­tance.

In a series of rigorous and empiri­cally revealing chapters, the authors of Contested World Orders – among them four scientists from PRIF - examine systemati­cally the demands of key actors in the contes­tation of inter­national insti­tutions. Ranging in scope from the World Trade Organi­zation and the Nuclear Nonpro­liferation Regime to the Kimberley Process on conflict diamonds and the climate finance provisions of the UNFCCC, the chapters analyse along which lines of conflict, rising powers and NGOs contest inter­national insti­tutions. Contested World Orders seeks answers to the key questions of our time: How deeply are inter­national insti­tutions contested? Which actors seek the most funda­mental changes? And what does this mean for the future of world order?

Articles by PRIF scientists:

  • Exclusive Club Under Stress: The G7 between Rising Powers and Non-state Actors after the Cold War, Dirk Peters
  • The Contes­tation of the Nuclear Nonpro­liferation Regime, Harald Müller and Alexandros Tokhi
  • Trans­national Private Authority and Its Contes­tation, Melanie Coni-Zimmer, Annegret Flohr, and Klaus Dieter Wolf
  • Conclusion: Contested World Orders-Continuity or Change?, Michael Zürn, Klaus Dieter Wolf, and Matthew D. Stephen

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The project “Contested World Orders” was carried out in cooperation with both Leibniz Institutes, the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, and was funded by the Leibniz Association.