Commonwealth: Inter- and Non-State Contributions to Global Governance

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Routledge, Nov 13, 2007 - Political Science - 176 pages

The Commonwealth consists of only a quarter of the world’s states and yet the Commonwealth Secretariat and Foundation have made and continue to make a significant contribution to global politics.

Commonwealth is a superb examination of an often neglected but crucial force in world affairs. Timothy M. Shaw;

  • explains the history, structure and future of the Commonwealth
  • demonstrates the central role that the Commonwealth has played in advancing decolonization and supporting multiculturalism, democracy and human rights
  • details the significant links between Commonwealth institutions and myriad networks concerned with education, development, gender, health, islands, literature, media and sport
  • examines the Commonwealth within the context of wider debates about ‘global’ governance and globalization.
 

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Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction 1
beyond the original extended family to postimperial
pro andor antiglobalizations 69
what niches? 85
Commonwealths and the future 104
Appendixes 117
Index 157

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About the author (2007)

Timothy M. Shaw is Director of the Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. He holds three degrees from three continents and taught in Canada for over three decades, mainly at Dalhousie University in NS and most recently at Royal Roads University in BC, Canada. He has also been a visiting professor at universities in Denmark, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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