The West and the Global Power Shift

Transatlantic Relations and Global Governance

  • Riccardo Alcaro
  • John Peterson
  • Ettore Greco

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Theory and History of Transatlantic Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. John Peterson, Riccardo Alcaro, Nathalie Tocci
      Pages 43-73
    3. Maria Green Cowles, Michelle Egan
      Pages 75-97
  3. Domestic and Systemic Drivers of Change

  4. Transatlantic Relations and Global Governance

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 289-296

About this book


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.



Multipolarity Multilaterism Transatlantic Relations European Union Global Governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Riccardo Alcaro
    • 1
  • John Peterson
    • 2
  • Ettore Greco
    • 3
  1. 1.Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)RomeItaly
  2. 2.University of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)RomeItaly

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