International Organizations: A Comparative Approach to the Management of Cooperation^L Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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This new edition of a classic text, comprehensively revised throughout, appraises the emerging challenges to the centrality of the nation-state international system, such as humanitarianism, environmentalism, new international legal standards, and concepts such as civil society and globalism. As inter-governmental and international non-governmental activities are increasingly being blended, for example in the area of peace-keeping, this poses a challenge to the sanctity of the territorial state as the primary political unit. Similarly, technological and social changes such as the emergence of the Internet, encourages borderless activities (both legal and illegal) by non-state actors. This book provides the basis for students to consider a thorough rethinking of our international system and its prospects for the future in the face of these fundamental and unprecedented developments.

While the book as a whole is built around the unifying theme of the management of cooperation, illustrative cases enhance the individual chapters and provide the basis for comparative analysis and discussion. These take the reader through the tangled webs of international cooperation in such areas as the European Union, NATO, humanitarian intervention, arms control, transnational criminal organizations, and global environmental issues. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter add to the usefulness of this text for students.

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Editorial Reviews

This book offers an overview of International organizations, with an analysis of past and current trends and predictions for future development. Case studies examine organizations like those of arms control regimes, NATO, international public administration, the EU, international money laundering, drug trafficking, military advisors, and environmental conferences. Chapters consider the changing role of the territorial state, innovations in war, decision-making, and cooperation. Appendixes include the official classification and headquarters locations of the U.N. system, excerpts from the U.N. Charter, and international organization growth patterns. The authors are political scientists from the U.S. and England. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275965501
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2001
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT S. JORDAN is Research Professor of Political Science at the University of New Orleans and past Vice President of the International Studies Association. He is the author or editor of over twenty scholarly books.

CLIVE ARCHER is Professor of Political Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of several books on International Organization and the European Union, and is Chair of the University for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

GREGORY GRANGER is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

KERRY ORDES is Temporary Visiting Instructor of Political Science at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

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Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations
1 The Analysis of International Organizations: An Overview 1
Pt. I The Past and the Present
2 International Organizations as Historical Phenomena 17
3 The Predisposition toward International Organization 45
4 International Organization and Administration 73
5 Universal International Organizations as Practical Necessities 97
6 The Devolution of the Territorial State 125
Pt. II The Present and the Future
7 International Organizations and the Changing Face of War 157
8 International Organizational Interactions 181
9 Decision Making: Muddling Through in Search of Global Governance 209
10 International Organizations and the Management of Cooperation 233
App. A Official Classification and Headquarters Locations of the U.N. System 251
App. B Excerpts from the U.N. Charter 255
App. C IO Growth Patterns 271
Index 273
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