Moral Pressure for Responsible Globalization

Religious Diplomacy in the Age of the Anthropocene


In Moral Pressure for Responsible Globalization, Sherrie M. Steiner offers an account of religious diplomacy with the G8, G7 and G20 to evoke new possibilities in an effort to influence globalization to become more equitable and sustainable. Commonly portrayed as ‘out of control’, globalization is considered here as a political process that can be redirected to avoid the tragedy of the global commons. The secularization tradition of religion depicts faith-based public engagement as dangerous. Making use of historical materials from faith-based G-plus System shadow summits (2005-2017), Steiner provides ample information to arrive at an interpretation that significantly differs from traditional accounts. Using broader scope conditions, Steiner considers how human induced environmental changes contribute to religious resurgence under conditions of weakening nation states.
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Biographical Note

Sherrie M. Steiner, Ph.D. (1998), Washington State University, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Her publications on environment and religion include “Is Religious Soft Power of Consequence in the World Today?” in Jean-Guy A. Goulet (editor) Experiencing Religion in the Contemporary World, Religious Diversity Today, Volume 3:1-34 (Praeger).

Table of contents

Foreword Acknowledgments List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations and Acronyms 1 Introduction: Religious Engagement for More Responsible Governance  Beyond Sustainable Development as Oxymoron  The Evolution of Religious Shadow Summitry  Theoretical Account of the F8/F7/F20 Initiative  Theoretical Development—Why Religion? Why Now?  In Matters of Religion, Religion Matters 2 G-plus System Diplomacy  The Origins and Evolution of the G-plus System  The Rules of Governing without Government  Broadening the Dialogue  Engagement Group Recognition  Monitoring of the G-plus System 3 Governance in the Age of the Anthropocene  Primarily Human-induced Global Environmental Changes  Environmental Implications for Governance  ‘Transition Science’ Emerges to Inform Governance  Governance for a Common Future  Implications for G8/G7 and G20 Financial Deliberations  Patterned Vulnerabilities and Anti-Globalization Protests  Governance without Government  The Costs of Globalized Irresponsibility  Conclusion 4 The Return of Religion to Transnational Relations  Transnational Religious Resurgence  The Crisis of Secularization  Can Secularization be Taken Too Far?  Reimagining the Secular with ‘Cosmopolitan Solutions’    Religious Diplomacy    Cosmopiety  Conclusion 5 The F8/F7/F20 Initiative  Origins and Evolution    The F8    The F7    The F20    The Merge  Patterning after the G-plus System  Distinguishing Factors  Invitees and Organizational Representation  Phases of Development  Conclusion 6 Illuminating the Unseen  Summary Overview  Annual Initiatives    2005 United Kingdom—Civil Society Ecumenical Origins    2006 Russia—An Interfaith State Affair    2007 Germany—Consolidating the Vision    2008 Japan—Decentering Anthropocentrism    2009 Italy—A Natural Disaster    2010 Canada—Engagement and Governance    2011 France—Respecting the ‘Other’    2012 United States—Special Delivery    2013 United Kingdom—All a Twitter    2014 Australia—New Beginnings    2015 Istanbul—Consolidation    2016 China—Entering a New Phase of Dialogue    2017 Germany—Officially Engaged  Conclusion 7 Organizing Details, External Relations, and Documentation  Organizing the Summits    Leadership Rotation    The Organizing Committees    Financing    Religious Ritual    Special Events and Excursions    Aborted Events  External Relations    Heads of State    Government Advisors    Foreign Ministers    Sherpas    Members of Parliament    Mayors    Special Advisors    Civil Society    Academia    Business    Media  Conclusion 8 Reform, Assessment, and Impact  Reform    Accountability    Enduring Informality    Reflexive Engagement  Assessment    Information Technology    Influence of International Relations    Institutional Differentiation  Competing Assessments    Redundant    Replacement    Rejection    Reinforcement  Impact    G-plus System    Gender    Domestic Relations  Conclusion 9 The Golden Thread  A New Millennium  Global Ethic—Global Norm  The MDG Focal Point  F8/F7/F20 MDG Dialogue  Transition Dynamics  F20 SDG Dialogue  Non-human Agency  Conclusion 10 Collaboration for a Responsible Future  Religious Diplomacy in the Age of the Anthropocene  Tikkun Olam  Changing Times   SDG Implementation Challenges  Governance Forecasts  What an F20 Might Offer  Further Research Appendix A: Theoretical Orientation, Methodology, Documentation & Data  Methodology  Documentation  Data Appendix B: Institutional Affiliations Reference List References


All interested in religion and transnational relations, religion and the environment and anyone concerned with multifaith dialogue, globalization, the tragedy of the commons and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.