Change in Global Environmental Politics: Temporal Focal Points and the Reform of International Institutions
***Winner of the International Studies Association’s Chadwick F. Alger Prize for the best book on international organizations and multilateralism for 2022***
As wildfires rage, pollution thickens, and species disappear, the world confronts environmental crisis with a set of global institutions in urgent need of reform. Yet, these institutions have proved frustratingly resistant to change.
Introducing the concept of Temporal Focal Points, Michael W. Manulak shows how change can—and does—occur in world politics. By re-envisioning the role of timing and temporality in social relations, his analysis presents a new paradigm for understanding transformative phases in international cooperation.
We may now be entering such a phase, he argues, and global actors must be ready to realize the opportunities presented. Charting the often colorful and intensely political history of change in global environmental politics, this book sheds new light on the actors and institutions that shape humanity’s response to planetary decline.