The Shifting Global Economic Architecture

Decentralizing Authority in Contemporary Global Governance

  • Jonathan Luckhurst

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Shifting Organizational Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
  3. Contesting Policy Principles, Norms, and Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Jonathan Luckhurst
      Pages 155-185
  4. Destabilizing Actor Hierarchies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-306

About this book


This book analyzes the shifting global economic architecture, indicating the decentralizing authority in global economic governance since the Cold War and, especially, following the 2008-09 global financial crisis. The author examines recent adjustments to the organizational framework, contestation of policy principles, norms, and practices, and destabilizing actor hierarchies, particularly in global macroeconomic, trade, and development governance. The study's ‘analytical eclecticism’ includes a core constructivist IR approach, but also incorporates insights from several international relations theories as well as political and economic theory. The book develops a unique ‘analytical matrix’, which analyzes effects of strategic, political, and cognitive authority in the organizational, policy, and actor contexts of the global economic architecture. It concludes that, despite concerns about potential fragmentation, decentralizing authority has increased the integration of leading developing states and new actors in contemporary global economic governance.  

Jonathan Luckhurst is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Center for North American Studies of the Pacific Studies Department, University of Guadalajara, Mexico.


Global Financial Crisis Economic Governance Economic Policy Global Governance Globalization Political Economy International

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Luckhurst
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GuadalajaraGuadalajaraMexico

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