Summits & Regional Governance: The Americas in Comparative by Gordon Mace, Jean-Philippe Therien, Diana Tussie, Olivier

By Gordon Mace, Jean-Philippe Therien, Diana Tussie, Olivier Dabène

Despite the massive variety of local and worldwide summits there's little or no recognized in regards to the functioning and impression of this actual kind of diplomatic perform. whereas spotting that the transforming into value of summits is a common phenomenon, this quantity takes good thing about the richness of the Americas scan to supply a theoretically grounded comparative research of latest summitry.

The e-book addresses questions such as:

  • How powerful have summits been ?
  • How have civil society and different non-state actors been desirous about summits?
  • How have summits impacted at the administration of neighborhood affairs?

Filling an important void within the literature, this quantity deals an unique contribution assisting to appreciate how summitry has develop into a significant function of worldwide politics. will probably be of significant curiosity to scholars and students of international relations, foreign companies, and global/regional governance.

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Summits contribute to governance, first, through dialogue and socialization. They do this by providing occasions for leaders to exchange views directly and to get to know each other. 34 A second function has to do with agenda setting and orientation. Summits offer a space for leaders to identify central issues, and set a course of action for national bureaucracies and international organizations. 35 Third, summits can fulfill a function of negotiation and coordination. Summits may provide a political mechanism allowing leaders to discuss options, arrive at decisions, and mobilize regional and national bureaucracies to implement them.

In addition, summits can figure among the topics discussed at deliberative venues such as the World Social Forum and Occupy which do not convene in relation to a specific governance event. Further public deliberation about summits can be pursued through academic conferences, press outlets, religious gatherings, new social media, and other ad hoc exchanges. Deliberative exercises can certainly enhance contemporary democracy by raising public awareness of summits and polycentric governance more widely.

Many summit decisions take the form of publicly declared commitments, and the meetings are often accompanied by a media spotlight that raises public awareness of ongoing extra-parliamentary governance. Indeed, the open display of concentrated power at summits can invite democratic resistance, as witnessed by popular demonstrations at numerous meetings of the G8, G20, Summits of the Americas, European Union Council, etc. In addition, conferences among leaders of weaker states can strengthen their collective position in world politics.

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