Leadership in Global Institution Building: Minerva’s Rule by Yves Tiberghien

By Yves Tiberghien

Among 1995 and the current day, the area has passed through major advances in overseas legislation, norms, and associations. growth used to be quite excessive within the fields of worldwide atmosphere, human defense, cultural range, and human rights. This ebook unearths the main position performed via the eu Union, Japan, and Canada during this approach.

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On all of these issues, the Minervian actors line up against the US final position, although the US may have played an important or partial role in shaping the agreements, as discussed in the following chapters. This second cluster reveals a significant subset of cases in which Canada has not acted as a Minervian actor, but has rather joined the US in opposing global institution building. 3 27 Cases of non-Minervian Japanese behavior Kyoto II IWC (moratorium) Death Penalty EU Canada Japan US China YES YES NO YES YES→NO NO NO YES Partial YES YES YES NO NO NO after the Bali conference of 2007.

First, there is a robust gradation among the Minervian actors that holds relatively well. 1 Voting patterns in the UN General Assembly: percentage voting coincidence with the US Source: US State Secretary. with the US than European countries and Canada. In 2007, their voting coincidence with the US fell below 40%. It stayed below 50% from 2001 to 2008, namely during the Bush administration. For Japan, the falling trend actually predates the Bush administration’s retreat from multilateralism. Overall voting concordance with the US decreased from 67% in 1997 to 59% in 2000, 49% in 2002 and 37% in 2007.

12 Yves Tiberghien Thus, environmental degradation and resource dependence (by the EU and Japan) necessitates strong action. The problem, of course, lies in the puzzle of continued willingness to provide costly global goods when major players, such as the US and Australia, decide to free-ride. In this sense, the liberal explanation is less powerful in cases where cooperation has already broken down and cost distribution is asymmetric. A third conventional approach is the constructivist school broadly conceived.

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