Structural Diplomacy: Development, Participation and Governance

  • Yolanda Kemp Spies


This final substantive chapter of the book deals with a hybrid approach rather than a distinct diplomatic mode. Structural diplomacy is geared—in purpose as well as methodology—towards the terms of interaction in the international system. It confronts the discrepancies between notions of global ‘democracy’ and the actual, entrenched hierarchies of power. The chapter focuses therefore on the perennial power-diplomacy nexus. Spies recounts how, in recent decades, the Global South has assumed agency in addressing systemic flaws in world order. She explains the role of middle powers in providing norm entrepreneurship (inter alia as concerns equity in the forums of global governance) and the intriguing diplomacy of emerging powers who are using the ‘rules of the game’ to challenge the architecture of global power.

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  • Yolanda Kemp Spies
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  1. 1.University of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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