The United Nations system: The policies of member states

Chadwick Alger, Lyons, Glenn, Slimane Cheikh, Keith Krause, Knight, Andy, David Dewitt, Marie-Claude Smouts, Sadako Ogata, Peter Baehr, Humphrey Assisi-Asobie, A. J. R. Groom, Paul Taylor, Margaret Karns, Karen Mingst and John Trent, The United Nations system: The policies of member states, ed. Chadwick Alger, Lyons, Glenn and John Trent (Tokyo: United Nations University, 1995).

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  • Author Chadwick Alger
    Lyons, Glenn
    Slimane Cheikh
    Keith Krause
    Knight, Andy
    David Dewitt
    Marie-Claude Smouts
    Sadako Ogata
    Peter Baehr
    Humphrey Assisi-Asobie
    A. J. R. Groom
    Paul Taylor
    Margaret Karns
    Karen Mingst
    John Trent
    Editor Chadwick Alger
    Lyons, Glenn
    John Trent
    Title The United Nations system: The policies of member states
    Publication Date 1995
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages IX, 510
    Language eng
    Abstract This volume of essays has been a number of years in the making. The project originated in discussions in the secretariat of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) in the mid-1980s about ongoing controversies over the role of the United Nations that threatened to weaken the system of international cooperation constructed after World War II. There were strong calls for reforming the UN system and it was thought that the international social science community might make a scholarly contribution to the reform movement by mobilizing an international research team to examine the crisis in multilateralism. The IPSA initiative was joined by the International Peace Re- search Association (IPRA), the International Studies Association (ISA), and the newly formed Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and exploratory sessions were held at the IPSA world congress in Washington, D.C., in 1988 and at the ISA annual convention, organized in cooperation with the British International Studies Association (BISA) in London in 1989. It was agreed during those meetings that a series of studies of national policies on the UN system should be commissioned. More than 30 years had passed since the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace had sponsored a similar comparative study of national policies on the United Nations. While there were some such studies available since then, they were scattered and generally lacked comparison. A comparative study would not only make a positive contribution to the literature in the international organization field but also, it was hoped, stimulate continuing research on the issue. When undertaking the eight studies of state policies in the UN system that appear in this volume, authors were asked to cover five main topics. First, a general review of the historic position of the state on international organizations and the expectations of the country about the role of the United Nations. Second, an analysis of the main UN issues in which the government has had a special interest. Third, the impact of societal factors (e.g. public opinion and interest groups) on UN policies. Fourth, how the state actually participates in international organizations (e.g. governmental organization at home and in UN missions, delegate selection, and consultation with regional groups). Fifth, the position of the state on proposals for UN reform.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 1995
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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