Nation-state Governance and the Multilateral Oranizations

The latter chapters deal with the issues of national political systems that are marred by centuries-old party politics and the international politics that is characterized by having mainly the issues of security, trade, finance, development, and environment at global level. The author believes the existing system of party politics and governance at nation-state level is antiquated and obsolete today. Here, the author has proposed a new concept of Non-aligned Democracy without party-politics based on the idea of an Electoral Forum at grassroots level and a governing body to be elected from within the parliamentarians.

The UN and its agencies as well as its multinational institutions and the multilateral organizations remain the center of global politics. Over-production and over-consumption in the developed nations, globalization coupled with corporate exploitation, unprecedented growth of information technology, unfair and unequal distribution of wealth and economic disparity among countries, instability in the global financial system, corrupted and undemocratic regimes, and global terrorism triggered by unfair politics of the West are some of the issues the world is facing today. The existing UN system of organizations and institutions do not seem capable of responding to these issues effectively and therefore in need of reform. This is particularly true in the structure and working of the UN Security Council. Here the author has proposed to create 10 or more Regional Security Councils (with veto power, if that tradition is to continue) to represent and work along with the UN Security Council in addition to a few Security Council style entities under the UN umbrella. Alternative funding options for the world body and its aid agencies are also examined and suggested. The last chapter deals with the 10 key policy externalities that the author has identified as influencing factors in the global public policy arena. Here, the author has taken the liberty to air his own views in some areas in order to rekindle the global policy debate.

The author believes this would remain a thought provoking book even if some of the propositions and concepts may seem like a mere fantasy for some. Sci-Fi approach to advocating an economic system as well as a public policy blueprint with innovative social-political institutions would require the reader to be essentially unorthodox in thinking. Essentially, the target audience for the book consists of the future aspiring leaders, both in politics and in business and multilateral organizations as well as the public policy makers in the world. Although some of the propositions can take even several decades to realize or never to realize, visionary and courageous leaders can make them realize within the next decade if they have the political will to do so. In fact, there is a pressing need in some areas to consider innovative strategies. The author believes that if we fail to think innovatively and do not adopt unorthodox approaches, even hundreds of DAVOS like gathering wouldn’t generate any solutions.