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International Organizations as Self-Directed Actors

A Framework for Analysis, 1st Edition

Edited by Joel E. Oestreich


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This exciting new text illustrates and advances the argument that International Organizations (IOs) need to be taken seriously as actors in world affairs.

Bringing together an international line-up of distinguished contributors, the text examines recent theories that suggest how IOs are able to set their own policies and implement them in meaningful ways. The chapters review these theoretical positions and then present a series of case studies which focus on how these theories play out when IOs are charged with solving global problems: including development, peacekeeping and environmental policy coordination.

Examining and analysing both positive and negative examples of this independence, this text is a valuable resource on the topic of the internal workings of IOs, providing the richest and most focused textbook so far dealing with the capacity of IOs for independent action in international politics. It is essential reading for all students of international organizations.

Table of Contents

Introduction Joel E. Oestreich Part 1: The United Nations Secretariat 1. The UN Secretary-General and Self-Directed Leadership: Development of the Democracy Agenda Kirsten Haack and Kent Kille 2. The Roots of UN Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: A Case Study of Autonomous Agency Margaret P. Karns Part 2: Intergovernmental Organizations 3. The Anatomy of Autonomy: The Case of the World Bank Susan Park and Catherine Weaver 4. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: Autonomy and Mandate Change Alexander Betts 5. Changing Actors and Actions in the Global Fight Against Aids Christer Jonsson 6. Disaggregating Delegation: Multiplying Agents in the International Maritime Safety Regime Kendall W. Stiles 7. Not Just States or the Secretary-General but also Staff: The Emergence of Unops as a New UN Organization Dennis Dijkzeul Part 3:Expanding the Argument 8. ASEAN as an Informal Organization: Does it Exist and Does it have Agency? The Emergence of the Asean Secretariat Bob Reinalda 9. New Types of Organizations and Global Governance in the Twenty-First Century: The Case of Icann James P. Muldoon, Jr. 10. Conclusion Joel E. Oestreich

About the Editor

Joel E. Oestreich is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Drexel University, specializing in international relations.

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 two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • 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.

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:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General