Ahead of the Curve?: Un Ideas and Global Challenges / Edition 1

Ahead of the Curve?: Un Ideas and Global Challenges / Edition 1

by Louis Emmerij, Richard Jolly, Thomas G. Weiss, Thomas George Weiss
     
 

Ideas and concepts are arguably the most important legacy of the United Nations. Ahead of the Curve? analyzes the evolution of key ideas and concepts about international economic and social development born or nurtured, refined or applied under UN auspices since 1945. The authors evaluate the policy ideas coming from UN organizations and scholars in relation to

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Ideas and concepts are arguably the most important legacy of the United Nations. Ahead of the Curve? analyzes the evolution of key ideas and concepts about international economic and social development born or nurtured, refined or applied under UN auspices since 1945. The authors evaluate the policy ideas coming from UN organizations and scholars in relation to such critical issues as decolonization, sustainable development, structural adjustment, basic needs, human rights, women, world employment, the transition of the Eastern bloc, the role of nongovernmental organizations, and global governance.

The authors find that, in many instances, UN ideas about how to tackle problems of global import were sound and far-sighted, although they often fell on the deaf ears of powerful member states until it was apparent that a different approach was needed. The authors also identify important areas where the UN has not stood constructively at the fore.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253214676
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
United Nations Intellectual History Project Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

List of Boxes, Tables, and Figures
Foreword, Kofi A. Annan
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
1. Four Powerful Ideas and the Early Years
2. Development Hits Its Stride
3. Employment Creation and Basic Needs
4. UN World Conferences and Global Challenges
5. Current Orthodoxy, The New Social Question, and Policy Alternatives
6. The Socialist Bloc’s Collapse
7. Widening Global Gaps
8. Governance, Good Governance, and Global Governance
9. Conclusion: The United Nations and Ideas

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