Beyond Gridlock
Beyond Gridlock

It is now conventional wisdom to see the great policy challenges of the 21st century as inherently transnational. 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 <i>Gridlock</i> 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 <i>Gridlock</i> authors have now partnered with a group of leading experts to offer a trenchant reassessment of elements of the argument. Comparing anomalies and exceptions to multilateral dysfunction across a number of spheres of world politics, <i>Beyond Gridlock</i> explores seven pathways through and beyond gridlock. While multilateralism continues to fall short, <i>Beyond Gridlock</i> identifies systematic means to avoid or resist these forces and turn them into collective solutions. 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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  • October 2017
  • 280 pages
  • 155 x 232 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
Table of contents
Tables and Figures
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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Beyond Gridlock is a powerful, authoritative, timely, and ultimately sobering sequel to Gridlock … Required reading for all scholars and practitioners aiming to strengthen the global cooperation that is vital for the world’s survival and sustainable development.’
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Columbia University

‘Hale and Held's overarching vision, and their collaborators' deep-dive into specific challenges, provide the frontier, key statements on global gridlock. Everyone needs to read Hale and Held.’
Danny Quah, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS

‘Getting us beyond current gridlock will require every good idea we can muster. This book shows the way forward.’
John Gerard Ruggie, Harvard University

‘Hale and Held unfold a fascinating map of multiple pathways of change that are never prescribed, sometimes mutually reinforcing, always challenging.’
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UNFCCC 2010-2016

"As Hale and Held see it, the institutions of global governance are inadequate, but small innovations and experiments in cooperation—often pursued regionally, in coalition with civil society groups, or by transnational technical elites—show promise."
Foreign Affairs 

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