This book traces the history of UNESCO from its foundational idealism to its current stature as the preeminent international organization for science, education, and culture, building a well rounded understanding of this important organization.
- provides an overview of the organization and its institutional architecture in the context of its humanistic idealism
- details the subsequent challenges UNESCO faced through cold war and power politics, global dependence and interdependence, and the rise of identity and culture in global politics
- analyses the functioning of UNESCO administration, finance, and its various constituencies including the secretariat, member-states, and civil society
- explores the major controversies and issues underlying the initiatives in education, sciences, culture and communication
- examines the current agenda and future challenges through three major issues in UNESCO: Education or All, digital divide issues, and norms on cultural diversity
- assesses the role of UNESCO in making norms in complex world of multiple actors and intersecting issue-areas.
Reflecting on UNESCO’s vision, its everyday practices, and future challenges; this work is an essential resource for students and scholars of international relations and international organizations.
Table of Contents
1. UNESCO's Organizational History and Structure 2. Prioritizing Education 3. Making Science 4. The Prominence of Culture 5. Debating Global Communication Orders 6. Reflections and Possibilities
About the Series
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.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy