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18:15 - 19:30 9 June 2016

The governance structure of 21st-century international society


Gustave Tuck | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Jack Donnelly, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies

International governance is a feature of all international systems. Most accounts of the changing forms of twenty-first-century international governance, however, present “global governance” as either sui generis or in terms of a historical comparison to the modern states system or medieval Europe.

Jack characterizes contemporary international governance instead in terms of a comparative analytical framework of general applicability based on a reconceptualization of the nature of international political structures. After some conceptual and analytical preliminaries, Jack sketches two models of special relevance: states systems and “heterarchies”. Contemporary international society, Jack argues, can best be modeled as a states system with a heavy heterarchic overlay – and may be moving towards a heterarchic international system with a heavy states-system residue.


Monica Barbone
+44 (0)20 3108 9289 | m.barbone@ucl.ac.uk


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