US and Europe’s Attitudes Towards Global Governance: The Case of the North-North-Incoherence

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Our planet is currently in the process of transforming into a “global village” where everyone and everything seems to be interconnected physically, as well as virtually. Thus, the occurrence of an idea and a phenomenon of global governance in the modern world is rather commonsensical than striking. Despite the overwhelming power of globalization that, as it had been believed in its incipient phase, had been expected to introduce the same standards and values everywhere, it caused reappearance of nationalistic ideas and manifestations of sovereignty in the number of countries. This undoubtedly is an act of willingness to maintain the identity and dissimilarity. However, global governance is not intended to take away the sovereignty of the states, but encourages sharing the sovereignty and increases the cooperation between the countries in order to deal with global issues and threats, i.e. terrorism, poverty or global warming. It is crucial to realize that global problems in the current phase of globalization, which in fact caused mostly developed and rich countries benefit even more, paradoxically may be resolved only internationally, as they concern too many states and non-governmental actors to be solved by one or only few international bodies.

Both the United States and Europe’s attitude towards global governance have not so far sufficiently been effective, although the starting point for both were utterly different – the Unites States is a federal country and a global superpower, whereas Europe started the integration process only sixty years ago after the World War II. Despite those dissimilarities, both American and European policies are perceived as incoherent and do not effectively support the development of t...

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