The latest briefing in our series on Alternatives to America examines the notions of global governance and transnationalism as plausible alternatives to American global leadership. The briefing begins by noting:
"Today it is argued that there are global problems such as war, terrorism, climate change, world hunger, inequalities of condition, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and human rights violations that are beyond the capacity of nation-states to ‘solve’. Therefore, some form of transnational political authority above and beyond nation-states (including democratic ones) is required to address these problems."
The briefing goes on to answer this call, asking whether democracy can meaningfully exist at a level higher than the nation state, whether sovereignty can be pooled, and whether international institutions can compete with leading nation states on effectiveness.