First Advisor

Jack Miller

Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and University Honors


Political Science




Globalization, International organization, International relations




The goal of this paper is to argue that we currently have a system of global government rather than global governance. To prove this, It examines two main areas, international hierarchy and global society. In terms of hierarchy, it considers the existence of hierarchy among nations as well as a practical hierarchy in global decision making and functioning. This is shown via an examination of American Empire, Power Transition Theory, the Washington Consensus, the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The second major focus, global society, considers how nations utilize international organizations and technology to allow for the free exchange of ideas, culture, trade and currency. This is shown via an examination of Bretton Woods, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, international infrastructure, and the United Nations. This paper contends that since both an international hierarchy and a global society exist, the term global government most accurately describes the current world order.


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