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The Working World of International Organizations: Authority, Capacity, Legitimacy

Xu Yi-chong and Patrick Weller

Abstract

International organizations (IOs) matter. Based on extensive interviews and exchanges with key players in IOs in the past decade, this book uncovers the regular working world of IOs, to challenge the orthodox view that member states alone decide what IOs do and how they operate. This book provides a realistic and provocative account of the way IOs really work, a picture that would be recognized by those who work there. The Working World of International Organizations specifically examines three groups of players in IOs—state representatives, as proxy for states and often with schizophrenic de ... More

Keywords: International Organizations, directors general, International Secretariats, executive directors, IOsÂ’ agenda, IOsÂ’ funding, centralization and decentralization, IOsÂ’ legitimacy and capacity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198719496
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198719496.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Xu Yi-chong, author
Research Professor, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University

Patrick Weller, author
Professor Emeritus of Politics and Public Policy, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University