Liberal Institutionalism

Stuck between “ism”s,
liberal global theory
has rich past; future.
International relations

Tana Johnson and Andrew Heiss, “Liberal Institutionalism,” chap. 8 in International Organization and Global Governance, 2nd ed., ed. Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson (London: Routledge, 2018), 123–34, doi: 10.4324/9781315301914.


Tana Johnson

Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University


May 2017



Liberal institutionalism presumes that domestic and international institutions play central roles in facilitating cooperation and peace between states. But currently, this influential approach to thinking and practice appears to be in jeopardy. The United Kingdom seeks to be the first state ever to withdraw from the European Union (EU). The United States threatens to renegotiate or leave several international arrangements that it has recently signed or long supported. Meanwhile, China hints that it would be happy to take on greater global leadership if the United States retreats from this traditional role.


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    Address = {London},
    Author = {Tana Johnson and Andrew Heiss},
    Booktitle = {International Organization and Global Governance},
    Chapter = {8},
    Doi = {10.4324/9781315301914},
    Edition = {2},
    Editor = {Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson},
    Pages = {123--34},
    Publisher = {Routledge},
    Title = {Liberal Institutionalism},
    Year = {2018}}