Energy: A fundamental transition?

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There are increasing signs that the liberal international order created after 1945 now verges on collapse. While populism and nationalism are on the rise across the world, asserting the claims of particular peoples and places, we are more linked than ever before. These links require global cooperation and careful management. And yet we are not rising to this challenge. A series of global collective action problems, from the spread of weapons of mass destruction to climate change, threaten to render our societies weaker, poorer, and more violent. There is a substantial risk that humankind may not end the 21st century as well as we began it.Beyond Gridlock is distinctive in two ways. First, it offers a unique and comprehensive insight into political stasis and change at the global level—what works, and why, and where. Second, it has been written in an unusual way, drawing on the expertise of outstanding academics and policy experts working in a diverse range of problem areas. We brought this group together twice; once in Durham in 2015 and once in Oxford in 2016. These were far-ranging and intense discussions in which expertise on specific topics came into dialogue with arguments concerning crosscutting global trends. This process laid the foundations for the work on this book. The result is an original and comparative analysis of the fundamental challenges of global governance in the 21st century.


Political Science

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School of Social Sciences (SOSS); Political Science


Beyond Gridlock


Thomas Hale, David Held, et al.




Polity Press

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