The International Library of Politics and Comparative Government is an essential reference series which compiles the most significant journal articles in comparative politics over the past 30 years. It makes readily accessible to teachers, researchers and students, an extensive range of essays which, together, provide an indispensable basis for understanding both the established conceptual terrain and the new ground being broken in the rapidly changing field of comparative political analysis. These two volumes include articles which examine the system, the structure, the function and the future of the United Nations.
’These two volumes are a significant contribution to the ongoing process of stock-taking of the United Nations and its performance began at the 50th anniversary of the agency’s founding in 1995…there is much food for thought in the essays and those concerned with future reform of the UN would do well to heed the lessons offered by the contributors.’ Commonwealth Lawyers Association ’…offers a broad spectrum of opinions and authors…this essay collection enables the reader get an in-depth insight into theory and practice of the UN, especially university lecturers and students will appreciate this volume.’ Vereinten Nationen
Contents: Volume 1: Part 1 Systems and Structures: UN Institutional Development and Reform: From League of Nations to United nation, Leland M. Goodrich; Beyond the UN system? Critical perspectives on global governance and multilateral evolution, W. Andy Knight; The reform of the UN and cosmopolitan democracy: a critical review, Daniele Archibugi; Reforming the United Nations, Paul Kennedy and Bruce Russett; Democracy in the United Nations. For and against, Raino Malnes; Twilight of the UN, Michael Lind; Saving the UN - a challenge for the next Secretary-General, Jesse Helms; The limits of international organization: systematic failure in the management of international relations, Giulio M. Gallarotti. Part 2 UN Financing: Financing the United Nations: some possible solutions, Erskine Childers; The UN finance crisis: a history and analysis, Simon Duke; Financing the United Nations, Muchkund Dubey. Part 3 The UN, States and Non-Governmental Actors: Appraising the UN at 50: the looming challenge, Richard Falk; The influence of states and groups of states on and in the Security Council and general Assembly, Sally Morphet; Pluralising global governance: analytical approaches and dimensions, Leon Gordenker and Thomas G. Weiss; Non-governmental organizations in the United Nations system: the emerging role of international civil society, Dianne Otto;Breaking the realists' cabal: citizens' rights in the UN, Erskine B. Childers. Part 4 The UN Secretariat and Secretary General: Resilience and reform: some thoughts on the processes of change in the United Nations, Antonio Domini; Towards the management renewal of the United Nations, Michael Gurstein and Josef Klee; The history, role and organization of the 'cabinet' of the United Nations Secretary-General, B.G. Ramcharan; The office of the Secretary-General and the maintenance of international peace and security, Nabil Elaraby; Selecting the world's CEO: remembering the Secretaries-General, Brian Urquhart; Index. Contents: Volume II: Part 1 Functions and Futures: The UN, International Peace and International Order: General: Collective legitimization as a political function of the United Nations, Inis L. Claude Jr.; The legitimacy of the collective authority of the Security Council, David D. Caron; The United Nations, conflict management and spheres of interest, Terry Terriff and James F. Keeley; International Peacemaking and peacekeeping: the morality of multilateral measures, Charles W. Kegley Jr.; The limits of UN diplomacy and the future of conflict mediation, Yasushi Akashi. Peacekeeping: The evolution of United Nations peacekeeping, Marrack Goulding; The evolution of United nations peacekeeping, Ruth Wedgwood; UN peacekeeping: recent developments and current problems, Alan James; Putting the peace back into peacekeeping: theory must inform practice, A.B. Fetherston; From peacekeeping to blood-letting: the travails of the UN, Kumar Banerji. Regional Organizations: Towards a subsidiarity model for peacemaking and preventive diplomacy: making Chapter VIII of the UN Charter operational, W. Andy Knight; Partners in peace? The UN, regional organizations and peacekeeping, Michael Barnett. Peace Enforcement: International law and the use of, force in the Gulf, N.D. White and H. McCoubrey; National interest, humanitarianism or CNN: what triggers UN peace enforcement after the Cold War, Peter Viggo Jakobsen; Is the Security Council working? 'Desert Storm' critically examined, Amir A. Majid. Peace Building: Re-inventing governments: the promise and perils of United Nations peace building, Eva Bertram; UN peace-building and human rights, Reed Brody. Part 2 The UN, Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention: The UN's human rights record: from San Francisco to Vienna and beyond, Philip Alston; The UN and human rights at 50: an incremental but incomplete revolution, David P. Forsythe; The role and limit of human rights NGOs at the United Nations, Rachel Brett; Humanitarian war: military intervention and human rights, Adam Roberts; Intervention: whither the United Nations?, Thomas G. Weiss; The United Nations and the protection of the individual and group rights, W. Ofuatey-Kodjoe; Intervention: Article 2.7 versus Articles 55-56, Sydney D. Bailey. Part 3 The UN, Sustainable Development and Social and Economic Affairs: United Nations and co-operation in development, K.P. Saskena; Engaging the world's marginalized and promoting global change: challenges for the United Nations at 50, Peter Vale; The international politics of environment and development: the post-UNCED agenda, Ian H. Rowlands; Index.