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The Policy and Practice of Governance Book Series

Edited by Professor Maria Ivanova and published by Lynne Rienner Publishers, the "Policy and Practice of Governance" series is an interdisciplinary platform designed to address today's complex challenges. The series aims to offer innovative, sustainable solutions and insights that fuel collective action, all while navigating an evolving landscape of governance issues.

Our series delves into a broad spectrum of subjects that span international relations, comparative politics, and regional studies. We focus on a wide array of topics that include but are not limited to law, diplomacy, sustainable development, social equity, government accountability, global transformations, international trade, and transnational activism. The aim is to produce works that are not only academically rigorous but also comprehensible and highly relevant to real-world policy and practice.

We are currently inviting submissions for monographs and cohesive edited volumes that meet high standards of analytical rigor or showcase empirical innovation. If you have a proposal that you believe aligns with the ethos and scope of our series, we encourage you to reach out. Detailed guidelines for submissions can be found below. For further inquiries or to submit a proposal, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to your valuable contributions to this essential discourse on governance.

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.

Proposal Guidelines

Outlined below are the elements Lynne Rienner Publishers need in a proposal to evaluate it for inclusion in the The Policy and Practice of Governance book series. All proposals should include these elements. I encourage authors to contact me 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 LRP publishes are peer reviewed. As is the case with many scholarly publishers, they will proceed with the external review process only if your manuscript is with them on an exclusive basis—that is, only if it is not being considered by another publisher. I am always happy to discuss your ideas before you submit a formal book proposal. Please contact me for more information.

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