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Objectives: The World Government Research Network is devoted to advancing academic dialogues on forms of regional and global integration. It does so through promoting and posting exchanges on aspects of economic, political, security and other forms of integration between states, and on more general aspects of globalization. It also promotes the organization of workshops and conference panels on world government and related topics, and it provides a range of information, research and teaching resources for academics and their students.

Background: The Network was created in 2015, in response to a resurgence in academic interest in full world government. Leading scholars in International Relations, political science, philosophy, sociology, economics and other fields have highlighted problems inherent to the current global system and explored the feasibility and desirability of moving toward some form of binding global governing structure. Not since the 1940s world government ‘heyday,’ when Einstein and other leading figures advocated a world state to control the terrible new threat of nuclear weapons, have so many serious academics been thinking seriously about forms of global integration. We consider research on regional integration around the world to be integral to the broader dialogue.


The resurgence in right-wing populism and ‘anti-globalism’ in recent years has highlighted the urgency of exploring and presenting alternative views not narrowly focused on domestic concerns. It also has highlighted both the extent and fragility of the global institutional order established after World War II, and renewed discussion on possible reforms.


People: The World Government Research Network is co-convened by James Thompson, Associate Professor of Political Science at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio; and Luis Cabrera, Associate Professor of Political Science at Griffith University in Brisbane. Professor Daniel H. Deudney of Johns Hopkins University serves as Chair of the WGRN Advisory Board. It includes prominent scholars of global integration, globalization, democracy and related areas of inquiry from leading universities worldwide.




James Thompson:

Luis Cabrera:

Advisory Board


Chair: Daniel H. Deudney, Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University



  • Ashok Acharya, University of Delhi

  • Daniele Archibugi, Birkbeck College-University of London

  • Joseph P. Baratta, Worcester State University

  • Mark Beeson, University of Western Australia

  • Nancy Bertoldi, University of Toronto

  • Manu Bhagavan, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York

  • Andreas Bummel, Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

  • Campbell Craig, Cardiff University

  • Toni Erskine, Australian National University

  • Richard Falk, Princeton University (emeritus), University of California-Santa Barbara

  • Robert Goodin, Australian National University

  • Carol Gould, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York

  • Fernando Iglesias, Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires

  • Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Catherine Lu, McGill University

  • William Scheuerman, Indiana University

  • Torbjörn Tännsjö, Stockholm University

  • Ronald Tinnevelt, Radboud University

  • Laura Valentini, London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Christien Van Den Anker, University of the West of England

  • Thomas Weiss, Graduate Center, The City University of New York

  • Alexander Wendt, The Ohio State University

  • Nicholas J. Wheeler, University of Birmingham

  • Lea Ypi, London School of Economics and Political Science

  • James Yunker, Western Illinois University

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