From the UN to a Federal World State: Debunking the Dystopian Nightmare

Posted: 20 June 2017Manuel Müller Manuel Müller is a research associate and PhD student at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and author of the German-language blog “Der (europäische) Föderalist” (www.foederalist.eu) which deals with issues of supranational democracy on the EU and the UN level. In this essay he notes the relevance of a reformed UN for the process of establishing a global […]

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What does the Macron Brand Stand For?

Posted: 4 June 2017Bernard Barthalay In this essay, Bernard Barthalay — economist, former Jean Monnet Chairholder at the University of Lyons, and president of Puissance Europe/Weltmacht Europa — examines the significance of Emmanuel Macron’s recent presidential election for the future of France, and in particular for the future of France’s relationship with the EU.   Looking at the current controversy […]

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Classroom Simulation: Debating the Creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly

  Aims: This simulation lesson gives students the opportunity for active engagement with dialogues on more participatory international institutional development. It should deepen student understanding of existing international organizations and lead them to think more critically about accountability issues in global governance.   Course Applicability: this lesson is well suited for tutorials/quiz sections in large undergraduate lecture courses, or for […]

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World Government Week

World Government Week is a WGRN initiative aimed at encouraging university teachers to incorporate a week on world government into their International Relations, International Political Theory and related courses. The literature and dialogue on world government, global democracy and constitutionalization has been remarkably rich in recent years. The reading lists below offer Suggested Readings for the week, as well as […]

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Reaching Out to the World: Translations of and Study Guides for a Seminal Work on UN Reform

Posted: 23 April 2017Joseph E. Schwartzberg In this essay, Joseph Schwartzberg, Distinguished International Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, comments on the argument of, responses to, and a newly released study guide relating to his seminal text, Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World.   Introduction:On 23 September 2015 the World Government Research Network posted on its website […]

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The European Union as an Unaccomplished Form of Statehood at the International Level

Posted: 15 March 2017Lucio Levi  Lucio Levi is a professor of Political Science and Comparative Politics at the University of Turin, and was the President of the European Federalist Movement from 2009-2015. He is the editor of The Federalist Debate and the scientific director of the International Democracy Watch   If decisions that are taken at international level must be […]

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June 1940 vs. June 2016: Putting UK Relations with the EU in Historical Perspective

Posted: 16 January 2017 Andrea BoscoJean Monnet Professor, History and Theory of European Integration, University of FlorenceIn this essay, Professor Bosco presents the early efforts of UK politicians to involve their country in the European integration process as a contrast to more recent UK activities — most notably Brexit — which have sought to establish barriers between the British people […]

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ROUNDTABLE: What Will the Events of 2016 Mean for the Years Ahead?

Posted: 29 December 2016The WGRN Senior Advisory Board features some of the world’s most prominent international politics scholars and civil society practitioners. We asked several members to share their thoughts on the tumultuous events of 2016 and how those might shape international politics over the next several years. Here are the two questions they were asked and their insightful responses: 1) The […]

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Toward Global Political Integration: Time for a World Parliamentary Assembly

Posted: 6 September 2016 Andreas Bummel Co-founder and global coordinator of the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary AssemblyThis essay is an edited version of the presentation which Bummel gave to the World Goverrnment Research Network’s inaugural conference in Brisbane, Australia in June 2016.It was originally published under Creative Commons license, at: ​http://greattransition.org/publication/toward-global-political-integration​ The existing system of international law and intergovernmental […]

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