Multilateralism under Challenge? Power, International Order, and Structural Change

Date: 2006
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The values and institutions of multilateralism are not ahistorical phenomena. They are created and maintained in the context of specific demands and challenges, and through specific forms of leadership, norms, and international power configurations. All of these factors evolve and change; there is little reason to believe that multilateral values or institutions could or should remain static in form and nature. The relationship between the distribution of power, the nature of challenges and problems, and the international institutions that emerge to deal with collective challenges is constantly in flux. Like any social construction, multilateralism is destined to evolve as a function of changing environmental dynamics and demands. It is this evolution that we examine in this volume.

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