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Go to this link for a recap of the WGRN workshop, The Practical Politics of Global Integration, held at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

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Objectives:

The World Government Research Network aims to advance the academic dialogue on all aspects of global integration and the governance of trans-border issues. It also aims to stimulate public and policy dialogue about such issues, especially as they relate to possibilities for more coordinated governance by states in the near term, and much more integrated governance in the longer term, up to some comprehensively integrated world government.

The Network seeks to achieve its aims through generating written and video exchanges involving leading academics, posting interviews on integration and governance topics, and by promoting the organization of workshops and conference panels. It also provides a range of information, research and teaching resources for academics, their students and interested members of the global public.

Background:

The creation of the Network was spurred by a resurgent academic interest in full world government over the past two decades.  Leading scholars in International Relations, political science, philosophy, sociology, economics and other fields have highlighted problems inherent to the current global system, and they have explored the feasibility and desirability of moving toward some form of binding global governing structure. Not since the 1940s world government ‘heyday,’ when Einstein and other prominent

Hiroshima 'A-bomb dome,' August 1945

Hiroshima ‘A-bomb dome,’ August 1945

figures advocated a world state to control the terrible new threat of nuclear weapons, have so many serious academics been thinking seriously about global integration.

Many scholars today still focus on security problems, especially from nuclear weapons, which they see as insoluble in a system of competitive sovereign states. Others focus on challenges to achieving global justice in such a system, or on ensuring appropriate input in the face of intense globalization by creating global democratic institutions. Numerous others have explored possibilities for institutional changes above the state which fall short of full global integration but which would seek to significantly influence or channel state behavior.

The Network aims to encourage dialogue between all scholars working on problems of integration and world order, including those who are outright skeptics of world government or more limited institutional development beyond the state.

See the Backgrounders section on the Research menu for details on the recent resurgence in academic research on world government, and for historical background on the literature and social movements.

People:

The Network is co-convened by Luis Cabrera, Associate Professor of Political Science at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia; and James Thompson, Associate Professor of Political Science at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio.

Cabrera

Cabrera

Thompson

Thompson

Guidance is provided by an advisory board which includes some of the world’s most prominent scholars of world government, global democracy and global governance.

We encourage you to enter your name and e-mail information on the Join page, to receive newsletters and occasional updates. We also encourage feedback on the site and suggestions for content (please message l.cabrera@griffith.edu.au)

View the December 2015 WGRN Newsletter here

Advisory Board

  • Ashok Acharya, University of Delhi
  • Daniele Archibugi, Birkbeck College-University of London
  • Joseph P. Baratta, Worcester State University
  • Nancy Bertoldi, University of Toronto
  • Andreas Bummel, Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly
  • Campbell Craig, Aberystwyth University
  • Daniel Deudney, Johns Hopkins University
  • Toni Erskine, University of New South Wales
  • Richard Falk, Princeton University (emeritus), University of California-Santa Barbara
  • Robert Goodin, Australian National University
  • Carol Gould, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York
  • Fernando Iglesias, Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires; World Federalist Movement
  • Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Catherine Lu, McGill University
  • William Scheuerman, Indiana University
  • Torbjörn Tännsjö, Stockholm University
  • Ronald Tinnevelt, Radboud University
  • Laura Valentini, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Christien Van Den Anker, University of the West of England
  • Thomas Weiss, Graduate Center, The City University of New York
  • Alexander Wendt, The Ohio State University
  • Nicholas J. Wheeler, University of Birmingham
  • Lea Ypi, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • James Yunker, Western Illinois University