The Administration of International Organizations: Top Down and Bottom Up, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Administration of International Organizations

Top Down and Bottom Up, 1st Edition

By Michael D.V. Davies


470 pages

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Drawing on his extensive practical experience as an international civil servant in a number of organizations, Davies writes in a lively and readable manner about all aspects of administrative policy and its related implications. Divided into two parts, the first - Top down - will enable policy makers in government, academia and elsewhere who have an interest in the proper governance and management of international institutions to gain fresh insight into the topic. The second part - Bottom up - provides a substantial body of knowledge of administrations, including case studies of best and worse practice. The book includes analysis of: -The UN system -International Financial Institutions -Co-ordinated Organizations -Regional European Institutions -The Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research This is a work that fills a well-defined gap in organizational knowledge in a rigorous, but accessible way. It is essential reading for both practitioners and academics involved with international organizations.


’…thoroughly researched, even-handed and critical work…Mr Davies writes readable uncluttered prose…style is persuasive and impassioned…’ The Association of Human Resources Management in International Organizations '…the book reads like a fascinating memoir or an extended interview with someone who has deep understanding and experience of his subject matter…an invaluable source of information and comparison in a much-neglected area of the field…it is a rare treat to get a view from an experienced practitioner so well-versed in the ways of other Mls [multilateral institutions].' Journal of Common Market Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: The environment. Top Down: Basic organizational structures; Administrative governance; Senior management; Budget; Financial control; Managing staff; Administrative and managerial reform. Bottom Up: Personnel strategies; Compensation; Benefits and allowances; Expatriation; Financial accounts; Procurement and contracting; General services; Information technology and communications; Co-ordination and beyond; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Michael Davies was an international civil servant for 33 years, working in various administrative capacities for the World Bank, the International Civil Service Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization and latterly as Chief of the Compensation and Benefits Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In 1998, he was assigned from IDB to the World Bank to provide high-level external advice on compensation reform. He has been a consultant to organizations of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research; the Bank for International Settlements, the World Health Organization, the OPEC Fund for International Development and IDB. He initiated the first consultative forum for personnel specialists of the International Financial Institutions and was a founding board member of the Association for Human Resources Management in International Organizations

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General