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International Organizations and Military Affairs

By Hylke Dijkstra

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242 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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From the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations to the NATO International Staff and the European External Action Service, international bureaucrats make decisions that affect life and death. In carrying out their functions, these officials not only facilitate the work of the member states, but also pursue their own distinct agendas. This book analyzes how states seek to control secretariats when it comes to military operations by international organizations. It introduces an innovative theoretical framework that identifies different types of control mechanisms.

The book presents six empirical chapters on the UN, NATO, and EU secretariats. It provides new data from a unique dataset and in-depth interviews. It shows that member states employ a wide range of control mechanisms to reduce the potential loss of influence. They frequently forfeit the gains of delegation to avoid becoming dependent on the work of secretariats. Yet while states invest heavily in control, this book also argues that they cannot benefit from the services of secretariats and keep full control over outcomes in international organizations. In their delegation and control decisions, states face trade-offs and have to weigh different cost categories: the costs of policy, administrative capacity, and agency loss.

This book will be of interest to scholars, postgraduates, and officials in international organizations and national governments, dealing with questions of international political economy, security studies, and military affairs.

Reviews

"The focus on three rather than on only one organization sets the book apart from other contributions…International Organizations and Military Affairs seems to answer the broader question of how the member states try to minimize agency costs (states can do this through non-delegation, agent selection, or actual control.) The book will be of interest to scholars working in the principal-agent tradition, but also to anyone working on international peacekeeping and international organizations more broadly." - Kseniya Oksamytna, University of Warwick, ACUNS

"International Organizations and Military Affairs breaks new ground in that it thoroughly applies [principal-agent] insights to new territory and moreover does so in a comparative fashion – two significant lacunae in the study of security IOs. [It] provides a fruitful starting point for inquiring into P/A dynamics across a greater range of security IOs, deployment cases, and stages of the policy cycle … Dijkstra in many ways steers us in the right direction."Sebastian Mayer, University of Bremen

"The book is rich in both its theoretical and empirical dimensions, and offers an encompassing and highly compelling analysis with many fresh insights.” - Mai’a K. Davis Cross, Northeastern University

"International organizations and military affairs is an interesting and important book. It does what few people have done before, notably look comparatively as well as in a theoretically informed way at how states cooperate in military affairs through international organizations." - Anand Menon, King’s College London, International Affairs

"Hylke Dijkstra has written a highly interesting book that deserves to be widely read … The book is well written and the conclusion is refreshing … The bottom line is that every analyst of international cooperation will benefit from Dijkstra’s careful assessment of institutional trends in the UN, NATO, and the EU." - Sten Rynning, University of Southern Denmark

"At a point in time when global governance is running into the quicksand of power politics, it is well worth revisiting the underlying mechanics of international organisations. Hylke Dijkstra’s book does precisely that with respect to their growing role in military affairs." - Alexander Mattelaer, Institute for European Studies, Brussels

"At a point in time when global governance is running into the quicksand of power politics, it is well worth revisiting the underlying mechanics of international organisations. Hylke Dijkstra’s book does precisely that with respect to their growing role in military affairs. It investigates the question how the member states of the UN, NATO and the EU control the different international secretariats they have set up for supporting the conduct of multinational military operations. As such, the book presents a set of original findings that are the product of meticulous research… Hylke Dijkstra has delivered a scholarly tour de force." - Alexander Mattelaer (2016): International organisations and military affairs, Defence Studies

"Hylke Dijkstra’s book is a good read for those involved in the law of international organizations."Ramses Wessel, University of Twente

"International Organizations and Military Affairs captures the breadth and depth of the interconnections between member states and international secretariats. Moreover, it offers not only an important scholarly contribution, but also fills a crucial gap for anyone who seeks to gain a better understanding of the politics within international organisations and international military collaborations."Kai Chen, LSE Review of Books

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction and Theory 1. Introduction 2. Agency and Control of International Secretariats Part II: The Politics of Institutional Development 3. United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations 4. NATO International Staff 5. European External Action Service Part III: The Politics of Mandate Formulation 6. United Nations Mission in South Sudan 7. NATO Operation Unified Protector in Libya 8. The EU Anti-Piracy Operations off the Coast of Somalia Part IV: Conclusion 9. Conclusion

About the Author

Hylke Dijkstra

Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands

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Hylke Dijkstra is an Assistant Professor with tenure at the Department of Political Science of Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He was previously a Marie Curie fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Oxford, UK, where he was also affiliated to Nuffield College. He has widely published on the EU, NATO, and UN.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General