'Imagining Pathways' - New Open Access Book Offers Alternative Ways of Thinking About Global Cooperation

In times of multiple and overlapping crises we are often in total shock and unable to think or act. At the same time, situations of crisis can also make it obvious that things should, and possibly could be completely different from how they are. They can foster imaginations of how  states, civil society, and social movement activists could cooperate differently to work towards change in view of the many daunting problems that haunt the world. This book focusses on imaginations of different worlds, and of the many possible ways to get there: the pathways for global cooperation.

Chapters analyse the mobilizing, identity, cognitive, emotional, and normative effects through which imaginations shape pathways for global cooperation. Contributors consider the ways in which actors combine multiple layers of meaning-making through practices of staging the past and present as well as in their circulation. Exploring the contingency and open-endedness of processes of global cooperation, the book challenges more systemic and output-oriented perspectives of global governance. Its synthesis of ways in which imaginations inform processes of creating, contesting, and changing pathways for global cooperation provides a novel conceptual approach to the study of global cooperation.

Interdisciplinary in approach, this authoritative book offers new ways of thinking about global cooperation to scholars and students of international relations, development studies, law and politics, international theory, global sociology, and global history as well as practitioners and policy-makers across various policy fields.

The book is the the product of several years of joint work in the research group on Pathways and Mechanisms of Global Cooperation with contributionsn from many of the Centre's fellows and furthers experts. It is Open Access and you can read it here.

This publication will soon be complemented  by another edited volume: 'Polycentrism, how governing works today'.


Imagining Pathways for Global Cooperation

Edited by Katja Freistein, Research Group Leader, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Bettina Mahlert, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Innsbruck, Austria, Sigrid Quack, Professor of Sociology and Managing Director and Christine Unrau, Research Group Leader, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80220 580 0 Extent: 274 pp

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-SA 4.0 License. It is free to read, download and share on Elgaronline.com.