Special Issue - Global Power Shifts: How do International Institutions Adjust?

Special Issue - Global Power Shifts: How do International Institutions Adjust?

Shifts in the international distribution of power create an impetus for institutional change. As powers such as China rise and powers such as the US decline, international institutions come under pressure to adapt to new power realities. Yet, the pathways to institutional adaptation vary considerably. What is more, sometimes attempts at institutional adaptation are successful and sometimes they fail. To contribute to a better understanding of such events, this special issue theorizes states and institutions' responses to global power shifts, and provides case studies that explore their attempts to adapt to new realities, gain legitimacy for their actions, cooperate with and see off competitors. Its contributors also discuss the broader implications of their research for the future of the international order and the management of global power shifts. 

Special Issue Articles

The Adjustment of International Institutions to Global Power Shifts: A Framework for Analysis - Andreas Kruck and Bernhard Zangl

How Do States Renegotiate International Institutions? Japan’s Renegotiation Diplomacy Since World War II - Phillip Y. Lipscy

US Strategies of Institutional Adaptation in the Face of Hegemonic Decline - Lora Anne Viola

Informal IGOs as Mediators of Power Shifts - Felicity Vabulas and Duncan Snidal

The Integration of Emerging Powers into Club Institutions: China and the Arctic Council - Matthew D. Stephen and Kathrin Stephen

Emerging Powers and Differentiation in Global Climate Institutions - Alexander Thompson

Rhetorical Appeals and Strategic Cooptation in the Rise and Fall of The New International Economic Order - Orfeo Fioretos

Revolution from the Inside: Institutions, Legitimation Strategies, and Rhetorical Pathways of Institutional Change - Stacie E. Goddard

Rising Powers, UN Security Council Reform, and the Failure of Rhetorical Coercion - Martin Binder and Monika Heupel

‘Most Potent and Irresistible Moral Influence’: Public Opinion, Rhetorical Coercion, and the Hague Conferences - Paul K. MacDonald

The Legitimacy of International Institutions among Rising and Established Powers - Jonas Tallberg and Soetkin Verhaegen

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