Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics

The West and the Global Power Shift

Transatlantic Relations and Global Governance

Editors: Alcaro, Riccardo, Peterson, John, Greco, Ettore (Eds.)

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This book assesses the state of transatlantic relations in an era of emerging powers and growing interconnectedness, and discusses the limits and potential of transatlantic leadership in creating effective governance structures. The authors first resort to theory and history to understand the transatlantic relationship. They then consider the domestic and systemic factors that might set the relationship between the United States and Europe on a different path. Finally, the authors locate the potential for transatlantic leadership in the context of the global power shift. The world of the 21st century displays different power configurations in different policy domains. This changing structure of power complicates the exercise of leadership. Leadership requires not only greater power and authority, but also persuasion, bargaining and moral suasion, all necessary strategies to build coalitions and manage conflicts between great powers.

 

About the authors

Riccardo Alcaro is Senior Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Italy. He was the Coordinator of the EU 7th Framework Programme-funded Transworld project on transatlantic relations and global governance. He is a fellow of the EU-wide programme European Foreign and Security Policy Studies (EFSPS).

 

John Peterson is Professor of International Politics at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His recent works include The European Union: How Does it Work?  (co-edited with D. Kenealy and R. Corbett, 2015); Parochial Global Europe: 21st Century Trade Politics (co-authored with A. Young, 2014; and Multilateralism in the 21st Century (co-edited with C. Bouchard and N. Tocci, 2014).

 

Ettore Greco is Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Italy, and head of its transatlantic program. He is the author of a number of publications on the EU's institutions and foreign policy, transatlantic relations and the Balkans. He has been a free-lance journalist since 1988.

Reviews

“At a moment when the foundations of the transatlantic order seem to be trembling, this stellar collection of essays provides a valuable corrective.  With contributions from a diverse and distinguished set of experts, THE WEST AND THE GLOBAL POWER SHIFT highlights the domestic and international factors that are straining relations between and within Europe and America. Yet the authors do not lose sight of the dense ties that still bind the two societies together, and will likely do so for many years to come. Readers seeking useful ways to understand an uncertain and increasingly worrisome world will learn a great deal from this excellent book.” (Professor Stephen Walt, Harvard University, USA)

“The "West" -- the relationship between the United States and its European allies -- has been at the heart of the global order for much of the last century, yet the cohesion of the West today is challenged both by domestic developments in Europe and America and by the "rise of the rest."  In The West and the Global Power Shift, many of the world's leading scholars of transatlantic relations explore the domestic and international strains on the transatlantic partnership, and the prospects for Western leadership in an increasingly multilateral world.  Essential reading for any student of transatlantic relations -- or indeed of world order in the 21st century.” (Professor Mark Pollack, Temple University, USA)

“This book provides a wide-ranging and conceptually informed analysis of the state of transatlantic relations in the second decade of the 21st century. It brings together a distinguished team of experts, who focus on frameworks for analysis, the challenge of emerging powers, the ‘domestic politics’ of transatlantic relations and the making of foreign policy, and processes of change and transition in central policy areas. The volume thus builds upon and ‘refreshes’ existing debates on transatlantic relations, but also provides a host of original analytical insights and applications.” (Professor Michael Smith, University of Warwick, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Where Things Stand and What Happens Next

    Peterson, John

    Pages 1-18

  • The Transatlantic Security Community: Erosion from Within?

    Risse, Thomas

    Pages 21-42

  • Multipolarity, Multilateralism and Leadership: The Retreat of the West?

    Peterson, John (et al.)

    Pages 43-73

  • The Historical Evolution of the Transatlantic Partnership

    Cowles, Maria Green (et al.)

    Pages 75-97

  • All Roads Don’t Lead to Brussels (But Most Do): European Integration and Transatlantic Relations

    Peterson, John

    Pages 101-125

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The West and the Global Power Shift
Book Subtitle
Transatlantic Relations and Global Governance
Editors
  • Riccardo Alcaro
  • John Peterson
  • Ettore Greco
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57486-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57486-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57485-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 296
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