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International Organizations

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International Organizations

A Companion

9781781004562 Edward Elgar Publishing
Michael Davies, Formerly of the Inter-American Development Bank and Richard Woodward, Coventry University, UK
Publication Date: 2014 ISBN: 978 1 78100 456 2 Extent: 704 pp
This text provides a pioneering and comprehensive analysis of over one hundred international organizations. After introducing the broad historical and contextual settings, the book covers the full range of international organisations including those that are often overlooked or get minimal inclusion elsewhere. Each organization is analysed in a stand-alone section that consider its origins, basic mandates and evolution, the governance structure and the associated key players, current activities and future challenges. The descriptions also reflect each organization’s broader relationships with other international bodies.

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This text provides a pioneering and comprehensive analysis of over one hundred international organizations. After introducing the broad historical and contextual settings, the book covers the full range of international organizations including those that are often overlooked or get minimal inclusion elsewhere. Each organization is analysed in a stand-alone section that considers its origins, basic mandates and evolution, the governance structure and the associated key players, current activities and future challenges. The descriptions also reflect each organization’s broader relationships with other international bodies.

Some of the organizations covered include:
• The United Nations plus its system of semi-autonomous and Specialized Agencies
• The European Union and other regional organizations
• The development banks, international financial institutions and other international economic organizations
• The international scientific, transport, communications and agricultural organizations.

This detailed textbook will serve as an essential companion volume supplementing core texts on undergraduate modules where international organizations have a prominent role.
Critical Acclaim
‘This solid companion by Michael Davies and Richard Woodward discusses more international organizations than most reference books and introductory volumes. The reader will profit from its clear overview of subgroups and carefully chosen cases. The authors use a pleasant style of writing when presenting the insights gained from a wide range of basic and recent studies in international relations and economics as well as from practical experience’
– Bob Reinalda, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

‘Impressive in coverage, comprehensive in scope, there are few texts that offer as compelling an introduction to the complex world of international organisation as this. Readers are treated to a rich, historically grounded, investigation of myriad international organisations, and invited to consider international organisation as a complete phenomenon rather than one that is subdivided into segments that, when explored in isolation, tell us little about the onward march of international institutionalisation. There is little doubt this book is a major contribution to the field and a must read for all interested in international organisation and global governance.’
– Rorden Wilkinson, University of Manchester, UK

‘This is an amazingly comprehensive volume that really discusses the full universe of international organizations. It takes history seriously, and it has an exceptional discussion of why international organizations are created that helps students appreciate the role of private actors in global governance. It also takes IO design seriously in a way that links structure to outcomes. Having a common structure for all of the chapters helps students appreciate the challenges that IOs face as well as their vital importance.’
– Martin S. Edwards, Seton Hall University, US

‘This is by far the most comprehensive one-volume compendium yet published on international organizations, far more useful and interesting than any simple directory. Clear overviews are provided of all the main organizations, including many less well-known and usually ignored, interspersed with boxes of key individual and milestone events. Professionals, international businessmen, even diplomats, will find this a mine of relevant information, endlessly useful, especially for the mature comments of well-informed insiders. Students wanting an introduction to the UN, the development banks or the Bretton Woods Institutions or writing theses on international organizations will find it a wonderful introduction to a complex and ever more important world.’
– Sir Richard Jolly, Co-author of UN Ideas That Changed the World
Contents
Contents: 1. An Introduction to International Organizations in Theory and Practice 2. International Organizations an Early History 3. The Modern Historical Context 4. The Character and Environment of International Organizations 5. The United Nations 6. The United Nations Semi-autonomous Agencies 7. The United Nations Specialized Agencies 8. The Development Banks 9. The Money Managers 10. Economics, Trade and Commerce 11. The European Union 12. The European Union’s Semi-autonomous Agencies 13. Political Alliances and Security 14. The Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research 15. Intergovernmental Scientific Organizations 16. Transport and Communications 17. International Organizations: An Ever-expanding Universe? Bibliography Index
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