International regimes and globalization: Tools for managing complex change

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Ferguson, R.J. (2010). International regimes and globalization: Tools for managing complex change. Paper presented at the Global management conference 2010: Globalization, sustainability and development, Bali, Indonesia.

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International Regimes have long been understood as cooperative mechanisms that allow states to work with each other, shaping expectations and generating areas of convergence on specific issues. (Chen & Chen 2009; Gorg & Ulrich 2006; Brahm 2005; Keohane 1982). Ranging across numerous areas, including fisheries conservation, food production, international trade, proliferation control regimes, control of illicit goods, monetary regimes, development agenda, and environmental cooperation, they can often operate where international institutional control is weak. In the 21st century, such regimes often draw on international non-government organizations and mobilize public and community support as part of their strategy. As such, a wide range of actors can be engaged in regime creation and support, e.g. Taiwan as an economic actor, Global Witness as a key INGO monitoring regimes in the control of ‘blood diamonds’, and the Nuclear Suppliers Group in supporting alternative track proliferation control mechanisms. In more general terms, a deeper understanding of successful regime creation and maintenance may offer realistic paths to moderate the cross impacts of ‘turbulent’ globalization, without problematic political investment in contentious global-level institutions.

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