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Routledge Handbook of International Organization

Edited By

Bob Reinalda

ISBN 9780367261009
Published March 5, 2019 by Routledge
576 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This Handbook brings together scholars whose essays discuss significant issues with regard to international organization as a process and international organizations as institutions. Although the focus is on intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are discussed where relevant. The handbook is divided into six parts:

  • Documentation, Data Sets and Sources
  • International Secretariats as Bureaucracies
  • Actors within International Bureaucracies
  • Processes within International Bureaucracies
  • Challenges to International Organizations, and
  • Expanding International Architectures.

The state-of-the-art articles are meant to encourage current and future generations of scholars to enjoy working in and further exploiting the field and are also of great interest to practitioners of international organization and global governance

Table of Contents

1. International Organization as a Field of Research since 1910 Bob Reinalda  PART I: Documentation, Data Sets and Sources  2. International Organizations: Available Information and Documentation James Church and Michael McCaffrey  3. Data Sets and Quantitative Research in the Study of Intergovernmental Organizations Erik Gartzke and Christina Schneider  4. Data and Analyses of Voting in the United Nations General Assembly Eric Voeten  5. The INGO Research Agenda: A Community Approach to Challenges in Method and Theory Elizabeth A. Bloodgood and Hans Peter Schmitz  6. Globalized Public Opinion Data: International Comparative Surveys and Regional Barometers Marta Lagos and Yun-han Chu  7. What Does Transnational History Tell Us about a World with International Organizations? The Historians’ Point of View Davide Rodogno, Shaloma Gauthier and Francesca Piana  8. International Organizations and the Idea of Equality Andrew Hurrell and Nicholas Lees  9. Between Independence and Accountability: Exploring the Legal Autonomy of International Organizations Richard Collins and Nigel D. White  PART II: International Secretariats as Bureaucracies  10. International Bureaucracies from a Public Administration and International Relations Perspective Jörn Ege and Michael W. Bauer  11. Problem Solving by International Bureaucracies: The Influence of International Secretariats on World Politics Frank Biermann and Bernd Siebenhüner  12. International Bureaucracy: Organizational Structure and Behavioural Implications Jarle Trondal  13. International Organizations and their Bureaucratic Oversight Mechanisms: The Democratic Deficit, Accountability and Transparency Alexandru Grigorescu  14. Consultative and Observer Status of NGOs in Intergovernmental Organizations Felicity A. Vabulas  Part III: Actors within International Bureaucracies  15. Multilateral Diplomats in the Early Twenty-First Century Yolanda Kemp Spies  16. Secretaries-General of International Organizations: Leadership Capacity and Qualities Kent J. Kille  17. The Special Representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General Manuel Fröhlich  18. Multilateral Diplomats of Central European States before and after 1989 Jacek Czaputowicz  19. The Professionalization of International Non-Governmental Organizations Wolf-Dieter Eberwein and Sabine Saurugger  20. The Values of Staff in International Organizations Simon Anderfuhren-Biget, Ursula Häfliger and Simon Hug  PART IV: Processes within International Bureaucracies  21. What Is Happening to the Staff of the European Institutions? A Cross-Disciplinary View Didier Georgakakis  22. Reinvigorating the ‘Second’ United Nations: People Matter Thomas G. Weiss  23. The Role and Power of the Chairs in International Organizations Spyros Blavoukos and Dimitris Bourantonis  24. International Organizations and Crisis Management Eva-Karin Olsson and Bertjan Verbeek  25. Informal Norms: Shaping Behavior in International Negotiations Heidi Hardt  26. From Internationalization to Internalization: Spirals of Contentions Jean-Frédéric Morin and María Martín-de-Almagro  27. Learning in International Organizations Thorsten Benner, Steffen Eckhard and Philipp Rotmann  PART V: Challenges to International Organizations  28. Reforming the United Nations Security Council: Proposals, Strategies and Preferences Thomas Dörfler and Madeleine O. Hosli  29. The Need for Rethinking the United Nations: Modernizing through Civil Society John E. Trent  30. The Use, Effectiveness, and Unintended Consequences of Economic Sanctions by Intergovernmental Organizations Dursun Peksen  31. Public-Private Voluntary Initiatives: Enlisting Corporations for the Provision of Public Goods Patrick Bernhagen and Kelly Kollman  32. The Politics of Inter-Regionalism: Relations between International Regional Organizations Anna van der Vleuten and Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann  33. International Organizations in Asia and the Pacific Tomoko Akami and Jiri Okamoto  PART VI: Expanding International Architectures  34. International Judicial Institutions in International Relations: Functions, Authority and Legitimacy  Armin von Bogdandy and Ingo Venzke35. The Global Human Mobility Architecture Raquel Freitas  36. The Architecture of International Monetary and Financial Governance Dries Lesage  37. The Global Trade Architecture: An Expanding Agenda in Times of Fragmentation Monserrat González Garibay  38. Multilateralism under Transformation: International Organizations and ‘Clubs’ Mélanie Albaret



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Bob Reinalda is Senior Researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He has published about autonomous policy making by, decision making within, and implementation by international organizations (together with Bertjan Verbeek and Jutta Joachim). He wrote the Routledge History of International Organizations (2009) and is co-editor of IO BIO, The Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations.


Bob Reinalda has directed an unequalled general survey on international organizations. The multiple inputs of this book open exciting research opportunities and offer food for thought to all the students, researchers and practitioners who consider international organizations as a major phenomenon in contemporary international relations.

Guillaume Devin, Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po Paris, France.

A very international set of authors provide overviews of and insights into many major lines of IO research in essays that will be useful for students and scholars alike. Among the pathbreaking essays are "IOs and the Idea of Equality," "IOs and Crisis Management," and "Learning in IOs."

Margaret P. Karns, Professor Emerita of Political Science, University of Dayton, USA.

Reinalda's Handbook of International Organization gives an excellent overview of the field. Its international authors show how interdisciplinary and vibrant the field has become in recent years. This Handbook will become an indispensable work of reference.

Dennis Dijkzeul, Professor of Conflict and Organization Research, The Institute of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.