Sovereign nations share the international system with a host of non-statetransnational actors.
Some of these entities have been created by statesthemselves, often as a result of the need to jointly solve a commonproblem, such as the United Nations.
Other international entitiesare created when members of a society organize across traditionalnational boundaries to deal with a collective concern, such as AmnestyInternational or Oxfam.
To understand and explain contemporary worldpolitics we need to consider these institutions, as key actors influencingissues of war and peace. Although transnational actors are not new on the world stage, the numberand type of these international entities expanded dramatically afterWorld War II.
This set examines both the rise of these new transnationalactors and their effect on international politics and policies. Volume One: Causes - Why Do International Institutions Exist?Volume Two: Consequences - When, Where and Why InternationalInstitutions are EffectiveVolume Three: Types of Institutions - Security and EconomicVolume Four: Types of Institutions - Environment, Human Rights,International Courts, Multilateralism, Regionalism