Multilateralism 2.0.

Van Langenhove, Luk (2010). Multilateralism 2.0.. The EU as a Global-Regional Actor in Security and Peace (EU-GRASP). UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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    Author Van Langenhove, Luk
    Title Multilateralism 2.0.
    Series Title The EU as a Global-Regional Actor in Security and Peace (EU-GRASP)
    Volume/Issue No. 21
    Publication Date 2010
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Language eng

    This paper presents an analysis of the multilateral system arguing that multilateralism is going through a profound set of changes as a result of: i) the emergence of new multilateral actors; ii) the development of new multilateral playing fields; and iii) the rise of new concepts of multilateralism. This has consequences for world politics: the world is moving from unipolarity towards a networked form of multipolarity. This paper proposes to grasp these changes through the ‘Web 2.0.’ metaphor, as the existing multilateralism system is contrasted with the emerging ‘Mode 2.0.’ of which the main characteristics are: (i) the diversification of multilateral organisations, (ii) the growing importance of non-state actors such as substate regions and supranational regional organisations; (iii) the increased interlinkages between policy domains and (iv) the growing space for citizen involvement. The main upshot is that the multilateral system is moving from a closed to an open system. Both states and international organisations will have to adapt to this new reality.


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