The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations

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The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations is an authoritative, one-volume treatment of sixty years of history of the United Nations written by distinguished scholars, analysts, and practitioners. Citations and suggested readings contain a wealth of primary and secondary references to the history, politics, and law of the world organization. This Handbook includes a clear and penetrating examination of the UN's development since 1945 and the challenges that it faces in the twenty-first century. This key reference work also contains appendices of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Stature of the International Court of Justice.

This volume is intended to shape the discipline of UN studies, and to establish itself as the essential point of reference for all those working on, in, or around the world organization. It is substantial in scope, containing contributions from over 40 leading scholars and practitioners--writing sometimes controversially, but always authoritatively--on the key topics and debates that define the institution.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This Handbook is extraordinarily ambitious and very timely, providing the most comprehensive assessment available anywhere of the UN's performance in an increasingly challenging global environment, and featuring an outstanding cast of authors. It will be an indispensable reference guide for scholars and practitioners alike."--John G. Ruggie, Harvard University, Former UN Assistant Secretary-General

"The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations provides the essential overview of the UN under its Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Timely and authoritative, the book provides a well-judged balance of analysis, critique, and prescription at a crucial time for the world organization."--Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, Former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

"Given the constant pressure of events within the United Nations, and rapid developments in all the fields that it touches, it is very useful to have a study that stands back and reflects on the challenges for the United Nations as the new Secretary-General takes office. The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations is clearly a scholarly and important work. The editors of this volume have sought contributors of the highest quality to comment on the track record of the Organization and to make recommendations for the future. The Handbook will surely be of interest to all those who know--or think that they know--the United Nations."--Judge Rosalyn Higgins, President of the International Court of Justice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199560103
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 804,749
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, where he is co-director of the United Nations Intellectual History Project. He is the chair of the Academic Council on the UN System and the former editor of its journal, Global Governance. He has written or edited some 35 books and numerous articles about multilateral approaches to international peace and security, humanitarian action, and sustainable development.

Sam Daws is Senior Research Associate in the Centre for International Studies at Oxford University, where he is directing a project on UN Governance and Reform. He has served as a senior policy advisor on UN issues for 17 years, including three years as First Officer in the Executive Office of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He previously directed a Geneva-based international consultancy, and has co-authored or edited six books.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
Part I: Introduction
1. World Politics: Continuity and Change since 1945, Thomas G. Weiss & Sam Daws
Part II: Theoretical Frameworks
2. Political Approaches, Michael Barnett & Martha Finnemore
3. Legal Perspectives, José E. Alvarez
4. Evolution in Knowledge, Leon Gordenker & Christer Jönsson
Part III: Principal Organs
5. General Assembly, M. J. Peterson
6. Security Council, David M. Malone
7. Economic and Social Council, Gert Rosenthal
8. Trusteeship Council, Ralph Wilde
9. Secretariat: Independence and Reform, James O. C. Jonah
10. Secretary-General, Edward Newman
11. International Court of Justice, James Crawford & Tom Grant
Part IV: Relationships with Other Actors
12. Regional Groups and Alliances, W. Pal S. Sidhu
13. Bretton Woods Institutions, Ngaire Woods
14. Civil Society, Paul Wapner
15. Private Sector, Craig N. Murphy
16. Media, Barbara Crossette
Part V: International Peace and Security
17. Disarmament, Keith Krause
18. Peaceful Settlement of Disputes and Conflict Prevention, Rama Mani
19. Peacekeeping Operations, Michael Doyle & Nicolas Sambanis
20. Sanctions, David Cortright, George A. Lopez & Linda Gerber-Stellingwerf
21. Peace Enforcement, Michael Pugh
22. Humanitarian Intervention, Ramesh Thakur
23. Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Roland Paris
24. Terrorism, Jane Boulden
Part VI: Human Rights
25. Norms and Machinery, Bertrand G. Ramcharan
26. International Criminal Court and Ad Hoc Tribunals, Richard Goldstone
27. Humanitarian Action and Coordination, Jeff Crisp
28. Women and Gender, Charlotte Bunch
29. Children, Yves Beigbeder
30. Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, Maivân Clech Lâm
31. Human Security, Fen Hampson & Christopher K. Penny
Part VII: Development
32. Coordinating Economic and Social Affairs, Jacques Fomerand & Dennis Dijkzeul
33. Health and Infectious Disease, Gian Luca Burci
34. Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Development, Nico Schrijver
35. Organized Crime, Frank G. Madsen
36. Democracy and Good Governance, W. Andy Knight
37. Human Development, Richard Jolly
Part VIII: Prospects for Reform
38. Principal Organs, Edward C. Luck
39. Financing, Jeffrey Laurenti
40. Widening Participation, Chadwick Alger
Suggested Further Reading
The UN System
Charter of the United Nations
Statute of the International Court of Justice
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Subject Index
Name Index

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