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The Challenges of Multilateralism

Kathryn C. Lavelle

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March 17, 2020
352 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
17 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300230451

An accessible history of multilateralism from its origins in the 1800s to the present

Multilateral initiatives have brought about striking, yet diverging, results. International organizations often struggle with the nationalist impulses of member states, different and shifting goals, and a lack of enforcement methods. Here, Kathryn Lavelle offers a history of multilateralism from its origins to the present. Lavelle focuses on the creation and evolution of major problem-solving organizations, examines the governmental challenges they have confronted and continue to face from both domestic and transnational constituencies, and considers how nongovernmental organizations facilitate their work.

Kathryn C. Lavelle is Ellen and Dixon Long Professor of World Affairs at Case Western Reserve University, where she has taught for the past eighteen years. She lives in Cleveland, OH.

“Lavelle is particularly effective at telling a story that weaves together key themes and concepts that are not usually treated in an integrated way.”—Courtney B. Smith, Seton Hall University

“Multilateralism is in crisis. Now, more than ever, we need the kind of long-term and wide perspective on its origins and historical evolution that Kathryn Lavelle provides in this accessibly written book.”—Eric Helleiner, University of Waterloo