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International Commissions and the Power of Ideas   
International Commissions and the Power of Ideas
Edited by
RAMESH THAKUR • ANDREW F. COOPER • JOHN ENGLISH
THIS 'SOUTH ASIAN EDITION' IS PUBLISHED IN INDIA BY
ACADEMIC FOUNDATION, NEW DELHI
UNDER ARRANGEMENT WITH
UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY, TOKYO.
 
Hard Back Book     :   Pages : 317 + 24
2006  Edition         :   ISBN - 81-7188-499-7
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ABOUT THE BOOK :

HOW are good ideas for enhancing global governance converted into policy initiatives and international institutions? One major route has been via international commissions. The names of many are well known : Brandt, Palme, Brundtland, Kosovo, the Commission on Global Governance, and the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. Yet, as an expression of the power of ideas, in the search for a better world, they remain under-analyzed.

International Commissions and the Power of Ideas situates the Commissions as an inter-connected process shaping the mind — and the architectural body — of global governance. The influence of these Commissions has been varied, and these differences make this book particularly relevant. The character and record, and style and substance of a wide variety of International Commissions receive detailed analysis on an individual basis, while the generalized context and impact of International Commissions receives rich comparative appreciation.


“This is the first volume that really focuses on the nature and impacts of the international commission, it addresses the ration-ales and impacts of a very interesting and important development in international politics, and that is the creation of international commissions of experts and politically notable figures to try to break logjams in thinking with regard to major policy issues. The influence of the commission has been quite varied, and it is precisely because of these differences that this book is a very valuable volume for government and international organization officials as well as academic scholars. This book is likely to stand as the most significant study of international commissions for some time.”

Mark W. Zacher
Centre of International Relations, University of
British Columbia Liu Institute, Canada

“This book addresses an interesting question that has not been adequately covered: ideational factors in world politics and the role of international commissions. Its focus on the context and contents of those commissions' work is new. It brings new insights into new concepts and ideas as products of changing times and their impact as agencies of change. It therefore makes a useful contribution to the study of global governance in key issue areas.”

Professor Tatsuro Kunugi,
International Christian University, Tokyo,
and former UN Assistant Secretary-General


ABOUT THE EDITORS :

Ramesh Thakur is the Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan, (Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations).

Andrew F. Cooper is a Professor in the Depart-ment of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, and Associate Director of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada.

John English is Executive Director of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada.


CONTENTS IN DETAIL :

Abbreviations

Foreword by Gareth Evans

Acknowledgements

 
1. International commissions and the mind of global governance
Andrew F. Cooper and John English
 
2. The Brandt Commission: The end of an era in North–South politics
Jean-Phillipe Thérien
 
3. The Palme Commission: New thinking about security
Geoffrey Wiseman
 
4. The World Commission on Environment and Development: Ideas and institutions intersect
Heather A. Smith
 
5. Equivocating on the future of world order: The Commission on Global Governance
W. Andy Knight
 
6. Regulating the possession and use of nuclear weapons: Ideas, commissions, and agency in international security politics – the case of the Canberra Commission
Marianne Hanson
 
7. Beyond temples and tombs: Towards effective governance for sustainable development through the World Commission on Dams
Sanjeev Khagram
 
9. Intervention, sovereignty, and the responsibility to protect
Ramesh Thakur
 
10. The responsibility to protect: Assessing the report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty
Jennifer Welsh, Carolin J. Thielking, and S. Neil MacFarlane
 
11. The responsibility to protect: Humanitarian intervention and the principle of non-intervention in the Americas
Jorge Heine
 
12. Ideas, institutions, and the evolution of women’s human rights
Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon
 
13. Ideas, think-tanks, commissions, and global politics
Jon Pedersen
 
14. UN Reform Commissions: Is anyone listening?
Edward C. Luck
 
Appendix: International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction
Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala
 

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