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Revitalizing the G-7: Prospects for the 1998 Birmingham Summit of the Eight

by John Kirton and Ella Kokotsis

March 1998

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1. Flora Lewis, "The 'G-7 1/2' directorate," Foreign Policy 85(winter 1991-2), 25-40; John Kirton, "The seven-power summit as a new security institution," in David Dewitt, David Haglund, and John Kirton, eds, Building a New Global Order: Emerging Trends in International Security (Toronto: Oxford University Press 1993) 335-57; John Kirton, "The Diplomacy of Concert: Canada, the G7 and the Halifax summit," Canadian Foreign Policy 3(spring 1995), 63-80; John Kirton, "Le rôle du G7 dans le couple intégration régionale - sécurité globale," Études internationales 28(juin 1997), 255-70; Charles A Kupchan and Clifford A. Kupchan, "Concerts, collective security, and the future of Europe," International Security 16(summer 1991), 114-59.

2. W.R. Smyser, "Goodbye, G-7," Washington Quarterly 16(winter 1993), 15-28.

3. G. John Ikenberry, "Salvaging the G-7, " Foreign Affairs 17(spring 1993), 132-9.

4. Commission on Global Governance, Our Global Neighbourhood: The Report of the Commission on Global Governance (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1995), 188-205.

5. C. Fred Bergsten and C. Randall Henning, Global Economic Leadership and the Group of Seven (Washington DC: Institute for International Economics 1996).

6. C Fred Bergsten and C. Randall Henning, "Decline of the G-7, " International Economy 10(July/August 1996), 10-14; Yves-Thibault de Silguay, "The impact of the creation of the euro on financial markets and the international monetary system, " Address to the Institute of International Finance, Washington, DC, 29 April 1997; and C. Fred Bergsten, "The Dollar and the Euro, " Foreign Affairs 76(July/August 1997), 83-96.

7. General recent works on G-7 process and reform include Cesare Merlini and Guido Garavoglia, eds, "The future of the G-7 summits, " International Spectator 29(special issue, April-June 1994); William Wyman, "We can't go on meeting like this: revitalizing the G-7 process, " Washington Quarterly 18(summer 1995), 139-65; Larry Summers, "In defense of the G-7, " International Economy 10(July/August 1996), 8-14; Nicholas Bayne, "Changing patterns at the G-7 summit, " G-7 Governance 1(May 1997) and "G-7: going, going …," International Economy 11(July/August 1997), 17-19.

8. Nicholas Bayne, "The G-7 summit and the reform of global institutions, " Government and Opposition 30(autumn 1995), 492-509.

9. Ella Kokotsis and John Kirton, "National compliance with environmental regimes: the case of the G-7: 1988-1995, " Paper Prepared for the Annual Convention, International Studies Association, Toronto, 18-22 March 1997; Ella Kokotsis, "National compliance with G7 environment and development commitments, 1989-1995, " PhD dissertation, University of Toronto, 1998. See also George von Furstenberg and Joseph P. Daniels, Economic Summit Declarations, 1975-1989: Examining the Written Record of International Cooperation, Princeton Studies in International Finance No 72, International Finance Section, Department of Economics, Princeton University, 1992.

10. For background see Nicholas Bayne, "Impressions of the Denver summit, " at

11. Paul Martin, "Canada and the G-7, " Notes for Remarks by the Honourable Paul Martin, Minister of Finance, to the University of Toronto G-7 Research Group, Toronto, Ontario, 12 November 1997, at For background see John Kirton, "The G7, the Halifax summit, and international financial system reform, " North American Outlook 5(June 1995), 43-66.

12. Canada, Department of Finance, "Finance minister releases G-7 statement on Korean situation, " Ottawa, 24 December 1997.

13. For background on the British approach to the G-7, see Michael Hodges, "More efficiency, less dignity: British perspectives on the future role and working of the G-7, " International Spectator 29(April-June 1994), 147-59.

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