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Introducing the "Policy and Practice of Governance" Book Series

Explore the captivating world of governance through the "Policy and Practice of Governance" book series, proudly presented by Lynne Rienner Publishers and edited by Professor Maria Ivanova.

In today's fast-evolving world, complex challenges demand innovative, sustainable solutions and the collective wisdom that informs collective action. Acknowledging this dynamic, our book series focuses on the various aspects of governance in ways that transcend disciplinary boundaries, are clear and comprehensible, and are relevant to both policy and practice.

The scope of our series is broad, encompassing international relations, comparative politics, and area studies. We venture into a vast array of subjects, including but not limited to law, diplomacy, sustainable development, equity, government accountability, global change, international trade, and transnational activism, among many others.

We are actively seeking proposals for monographs or well-crafted edited volumes that reflect analytical rigor and/or empirical innovation. We extend a warm invitation to engage with us, whether you have a proposal to share or questions seeking answers. For comprehensive guidelines on submitting your proposals, please refer to the information provided below.

Join us on this enlightening journey as we explore the dynamic world of governance, fostering dialogue and solutions that shape our shared future.

Redefining Development published April 2022!

The inaugural book of The Policy and Practice of Governance series, "Redefining Development: The Extraordinary Genesis of the Sustainable Development Goals," offers a remarkable firsthand account of the power of informal diplomacy. It narrates the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a move that revolutionized the global development agenda.

Authors Paula Caballero and Patti Londoño guide readers from the conceptualization of the SDGs through the intricate negotiation process, enriched by a collection of pivotal documents. Their vivid storytelling uncovers the seldom-seen inner workings of informal diplomacy and multilateralism. This insider's narrative presents a unique viewpoint on how global movements and agendas are formed and driven forward, demonstrating the transformative power a handful of committed individuals can wield.


During the timeframe explored in this book, Paula Caballero served as the director for economic, social, and environmental affairs, while Patti Londoño held the position of vice minister for multilateral affairs in the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Their profound experiences contribute to a dynamic understanding of the process of multilateral governance and illustrate the influence that individuals or small states can have on the global stage.


United Nations

Casey Stevens
International Studies Review

Provides an insightful story into international environmental negotiations and. . . a unique perspective on how changes can occur. . . . The book is full of insights, both personal and related to the larger issue of transformative global governance. . . Redefining Development offers innumerable teaching opportunities with its wealth of memorable moments for in-class discussion, a focus on the interesting question about nontraditional actors in negotiations, and the appendices.

All Hands In

Simon Beaudoin
International Affairs

The authors vividly illustrate how a small group of actors punched far above their weight to deliver far-reaching outcomes, and they highlight how individuals and countries can step up 'to fill the collective leadership gap.'. . . [Their book] offers a valuable repertoire of lessons for better understanding the multifaceted dynamics of international diplomacy.

People Walking

Craig Murphy
Wellesley College

This once-in-a-generation detailed insider's look at how a critically important UN decision was made will be valuable to both scholars and students.

Love the Earth

Jacques Fomerand
UNU Office in North America

Bridging the worlds of academia and practice, Caballero and Londoño provide illuminative insights on the role of small countries in shaping the UN development agenda in the broader context of the informal processes of multilateral diplomacy.

Proposal Guidelines

Outlined below are the elements we need in a proposal to evaluate it for inclusion in the Policy and Practice of Governance book series. All proposals should include these elements. We encourage authors to contact us with any queries or for an initial response to their project. 1. The proposed title of the book. 2. A succinct summary of the work’s unique contribution. Kindly highlight its significance and uniqueness, identifying the central question(s) the book intends to address. 3. The table of contents. Chapter titles should encapsulate the content and logical progression of the book rather than serving as abstracts. 4. Abstracts for each chapter. These should include the scope and key arguments of each chapter. 5. Information about the author(s). Please include a current curriculum vitae for each author or editor. 6. The intended audience. Please specify whether your book is a monograph presenting research results, a synthetic analysis, a textbook (and if so, for which courses and at what level, and the existing competition), or otherwise. 7. An estimation of the total length of the work in characters, words, or double-spaced manuscript pages (please provide a sample page for the latter), along with the anticipated number of figures, tables, photographs, etc. 8. The anticipated date of manuscript completion and an indication of the material currently available for review. The books that we publish are peer reviewed. As is the case with many scholarly publishers, we will proceed with the external review process only if your manuscript is with us on an exclusive basis—that is, only if it is not being considered by another publisher. But remember, if we are having your manuscript formally reviewed by Lynne Rienner Publishers, we have already committed to the concept of the project; that means that, if the results of the review process are positive, we will be proceeding with publication. We are always happy to discuss your ideas before you submit a formal book proposal. Please contact us for more information.

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