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Beyond Gridlock

Hale, Tom; Held, David

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Tom Hale

David Held


It is now conventional wisdom to see the great policy challenges of the 21st century as inherently transnational. It is equally common to note the failures of the international institutions the world relies on to address such challenges. As the acclaimed 2013 book Gridlock argued, the world increasingly needs effective international cooperation, but multilateralism appears unable to deliver it in the face of deepening interdependence, rising multipolarity, and the growing complexity and fragmentation that characterise the global order. The Gridlock authors have now partnered with a group of leading experts to offer a trenchant reassessment of elements of the argument. Comparing anomalies and exceptions to multilateral dysfunction across a number of spheres of world politics, Beyond Gridlock explores seven pathways through and beyond gridlock. While multilateralism continues to fall short, Beyond Gridlock identifies systematic means to avoid or resist these forces and turn them into collective solutions. This book offers a vital new perspective on world politics as well as a practical guide for positive change in global policy.


Hale, T., & Held, D. (2017). Beyond Gridlock. Polity Press

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date Sep 1, 2017
Publication Date Sep 1, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2017
Publicly Available Date Apr 24, 2018
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Deposited with kind permission of Polity Press.

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