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Envisioning Reform: Enhancing UN Accountability in the 21st Century

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The term "accountability" is increasingly heard at the United Nations. More than six decades after the organization's founding, people continue to ask exactly how the UN is accountable for what it does, and many agree that enhanced UN accountability is a prerequisite to effective global governance. Nevertheless, the concept is elusive and rarely defined, and views have diverged on its proper meaning and various implications. The contributors to this volume identify key issues, raise pertinent questions, and suggest useful reforms regarding accountability in the context of the United Nations system.

Contributors include Edith Brown Weiss (Georgetown University Law Center), Michael Fowler (University of Louisville), Koji Fukuda (Waseda University, Tokyo), Ikuyo Hasuo (Osaka University), Anna Herken (office of the Secretary General of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), Tadanori Inomata (United Nations), Kyoji Kawasaki (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo), Tatsuro Kunugi (United Nations University and International Cooperation Research Association), Sumihiro Kuyama (United Nations University), Peter Lallas (World Bank), Edward Luck (International Peace Institute and office of the UN Secretary-General), Suresh Nanwani (Asian Development Bank), Jochen Prantl (Centre for International Studies and Nuffield College, University of Oxford), Michael Reiterer (University of Innsbruck), Tetsuo Sato (Hitotsubashi University), Hideaki Shiroyama (University of Tokyo), Mariko Shoji (Keiai University, Chiba), Kazuo Takahashi (United Nations University and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo), Hirohide Takikawa (Osaka City University), and Mikoto Usui (Tsukuba University).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280811704
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/2009
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 1,125,422
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sumihiro Kuyama is a visiting professor at the United Nations University.

Michael Ross Fowler is a professor of political science at the University of Louisville.

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Table of Contents

Tables and figures viii

Contributors x

Foreword Konrad Osterwalder xvi

Abbreviations xviii

Introduction Sumihiro Kuyama Michael Ross Fowler 1

1 Making the United Nations accountable: Managerial and political perspectives Edward C. Luck 19

Part I General analysis of accountability in the UN context 35

2 Bringing the different United Nations to account Michael Ross Fowler 37

3 Conceptual analysis of accountability: The structure of accountability in the process of responsibility Hirohide Takikawa 73

4 Legitimacy and accountability of the United Nations Jochen Prantl 97

5 Accountability of the United Nations from the perspective of international law Kyoji Kawasaki 116

Part II Managerial accountability 133

6 Managerial accountability and the UN system Tadanori Inomata 135

7 UN management reform as a basis for enhancing accountability Hideaki Shiroyama 162

8 A ladder of accountability; Analysis of subconcepts of managerial accountability in the United Nations Ikuyo Hasuo 174

Part III Political accountability 191

9 Enhancing the political accountability of the United Nations via multi-stakeholder synergy Tatsuro Kunugi 193

10 Democratic accountability in UN field operations Kazuo Takahashi 215

Part IV Case studies of accountability 227

11 Accountability and NPM reforms in the European Union: Implications for UN reform Koji Fukuda 229

12 Improving accountability and legitimacy in the European Union Michael Reiterer 253

13 The World Bank Inspection Panel: Participation and accountability Edith Brown Weiss Peter L. Lallas Anna S. Herken 271

14 Improving accountability at the Asian Development Bank Suresh Nanwani 303

Part V Conclusion325

Conclusion Michael Ross Fowler Sumihiro Kuyama 327

Appendix I Commentaries made at the United Nations University Tokyo Symposium on Accountability Tetsuo Sato Mariko Shoji Mikoto Usui 343

Appendix II Areas for further study 359

Index 361

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