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International Organization in Time : Fragmentation and Reform (Hardcover) (Tine Hanrieder)
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International Organization in Time investigates why reformers often pledge to unify international organizations, but end up fragmenting them instead. The book reconstructs the institutional history of the World Health Organization (WHO) since its creation in 1946. It theorizes the fragmentation trap, which is both a cause and a consequence of reform failure in the WHO. A comparison between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) illustrates the relevance of path dependence and fragmentation across the United Nations (UN) system. As the UN approaches its 70th anniversary, this book helps to understand the path dependent dynamics that reformers encounter in international organizations.
International Organization in Time investigates the effects of reform programs on international organizations (IOs). Drawing on insights from historical institutionalism and sociological organization theory, the book develops a theory of IO fragmentation to account for the centrifugal tendencies of the global polity. Focusing on the reform problems in the United Nations system in general and the World Health Organization in particular, the findings ofInternational Organization in Time not only advance scholarly understanding of institutional development beyond the state, but also raise important questions about the legitimacy of international organizations.
Number of Pages: 179
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: International Relations / General
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Tine Hanrieder
Street Date: August 18, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-47-0866