International organisations (IOs) often receive a bad press, seen as intrusive, domineering and unresponsive to the needs of the people and countries they are meant to serve. The best way to understand the operation of these international organisations is to bring together those who represent their countries at IOs and those who have been working at IOs at various capacities and then to listen to their experiences.
This book develops an alternative approach to the analysis of IOs that takes account of all those involved, whether state representatives, IO leaders and members of the secretariat. Experts with long experience in the WTO, the World Bank, the IMF, WIPO, the FAO and the WHO at senior level consider the workings of the IOs, and a conclusion that explicitly draws out the comparative lessons and contrasts the insights of practitioners from those of external observers. This book takes an alternative approach to the analysis of IOs that takes account of all those involved, whether state representatives, IO leaders and members of the secretariat.
Providing a well-informed, innovative and consistently structured analysis of IOs this work will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, international organizations and global governance.
Introduction: Understanding the governance of international organizations Xu Yi-chong and Patrick Weller 1. The World Trade Organization as an institution Stuart Harbison Comment: Weak organization, strong institution John Ravenhill 2. Reform at the World Bank Jim Adams Comment 1: The World Bank Chrik Poortman Comment 2: Reform at the World Bank—plus ça change? Susan Park 3. Governance at work at the International Monetary Fund Luc Hubloue and Orasa Vongthieres Comment 1: IMF governance and decision-making processes Mike Callaghan Comment 2: The IMF’s governance of economic policy knowledge André Broome and Leonard Seabrooke 4. The World Intellectual Property Organization Naresh Prasad Comment 1: The World Intellectual Property Organization Geoffrey Yu Comment 2: The problems of over-representation and fragmented subject areas in reaching agreement at WIPO Charles Lawson 5. Turbulence and reform at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization David Hallam Comment: The relevance, competence, and prospects of the Food and Agriculture Organization Robin Davies 6. The World Health Organization: Some views from inside Patrick Weller and Xu Yi-chong Comment: In reform we trust—the challenge before the World Health Organization Sara E. Davies and Jeremy R. Youde 8. Afterthoughts Patrick Weller and Xu Yi-Chong