Beyond Gridlock
Beyond Gridlock

It is now conventional wisdom to see the great policy challenges of the 21st century as inherently transnational, spilling across national boundaries. It is equally common to note the failures of the international institutions the world relies on to address such challenges. As the acclaimed 2013 book Gridlock argued, the world increasingly needs effective international cooperation, but multilateralism appears unable to deliver it in the face of deepening interdependence, rising multipolarity, and the growing complexity and fragmentation that characterise the global order.

The Gridlock authors have now partnered with a group of leading experts to offer a trenchant—and surprisingly hopeful—reassessment of elements of the Gridlock argument. Comparing anomalies and exceptions to multilateral dysfunction across a number of spheres of world politics, Beyond Gridlock explores seven pathways through and even beyond gridlock. While multilateralism continues to fall short, countries, international organizations, civil society groups, sub-national governments, businesses, and other actors are finding ways to build or defend effective international cooperation. To be sure, gridlock persists across many realms of world politics, but Beyond Gridlock identifies systematic means through which, and the conditions under which, we possess the agency to avoid or resist these forces, or even turn them to the benefit of collective solutions. Combining critical, comparative analysis across issues with forward-looking evaluation of potential strategies, this book offers a vital new perspective on world politics as well as a practical guide for positive change in global policy.

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  • September 2017
  • 320 pages
  • 152 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents

Author biographies

1 Introduction: Pathways beyond Gridlock

Thomas Hale and David Held

2 Finance: Risk and Progress

Kevin Young

3 Monetary Policy: Making Fragmentation Work

Camila Villard Duran

4 Trade: Gridlock and Resilience

Andreas Klasen

5 Investment: Contestation and Transformation

Taylor St John

6 Energy: A Fundamental Transition?

Ann Florini

7 Humanitarianism: Stagnation, Fragmentation, and Possibilities

Kyle McNally and James Orbinski

8 Human rights: Leveraging Compliance

Tom Pegram

9 Health: New Leadership for Devastating Challenges

Garrett Wallace Brown and David Held

10 Climate: From Gridlock to Catalyst

Thomas Hale

11 Cyber security: Gridlock and Innovation

Lucas Kello

12 Weapons of Mass Destruction: Incremental Steps

Michael Clarke

13 Conclusion: Breaking the Cycle of Gridlock

Thomas Hale and David Held

About the Author

Thomas Hale is Associate Professor of Public Policy (Global Public Policy) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

David Held is Master of University College, and Professor of Politics and International Relations, at Durham University.

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