Do We Need New Global Institutions? – The Globalist

Ian Goldin argues that we need to fix the institutions we have.  Reform, reinvention, and revision–to make the world a better place. His framework includes the following principles:

  1. Not all issues require collective action.
  2. Selective inclusion is required.
  3. Apply Variable Geometry.
  4. Global management requires legitimacy.
  5. For global action to be effective, there must be enforceability.

He concludes:

Global politics is gridlocked. There can be no doubt that the system needs radical reform. The establishment of a shared system of rules to promote inclusive and sustainable globalization is urgently needed.

The question is whether this will be in time to proactively address systemic global crises — or whether reform must emerge from the ashes of a devastating crisis, as has been the historical norm

via Do We Need New Global Institutions? – The Globalist.


2 thoughts on “Do We Need New Global Institutions? – The Globalist”

  1. I think that Ian Goldin makes some great points on the issue of international reform. A majority of people believe that something needs to happen as far as the UN is concerned in order to make it more efficient and useful. Goldin laid out his points on what needs to be changed. This is farther than most people have gone on the matter. However, I think he forgets how difficult it will be to completely reform the system that gives countries less power. No nation is going to want to give up their vote in the UN and only be involved in matters that are especially relevant to them. I think the point of the UN is to create unity as well as create a a forum for discussion. When we take away that sense of unity it will only hurt us in the long-run.

  2. I agree with the above comment, the author writes with a positive view on the ability to change. It is clear, however, that he knows the subject, and that widespread reform as he is suggesting is a very difficult undertaking. In my opinion it is unlikely to happen. Most people agree that the UN is in desperate need of reform on a large scale, but actually taking action is another matter, and the people who would have to make it happen are more likely than not, comfortable in their bureaucracy and unwilling to change. I can see smaller changes taking place, but I’m not sure that small changes will be enough to satisfy Ian Goldin or me.

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