Book Review: Avant D, Fennimore, M. & Sell, S.K, 2010. Who Governs the Globe? New York: Cambridge University Press.
For those immersed in grand International Relations (IR) theory couched in the structural/ functional paradigm of the 80's, this book is indeed iconoclastic. The paradigm informing traditional International Relations theory supported the bi-polar world view during the cold war. It then proceeded to support the shift to a multipolar view based on the geo-political power balance among leading states, their clubs and then the inclusion of state groupings as the non-aligned nations and more recently emerging countries such as those making up the BRICS cluster. Modern IR theory represented by this book has essentially replaced the key concept of balanced geo-political state power with global governance based on pluralism of global players.
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