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Individual Agency and Policy Change at the United Nations: The People of the United Nations

Bode, Ingvild (2015) Individual Agency and Policy Change at the United Nations: The People of the United Nations. Routledge Research on the United Nations (UN) . Routledge, London, UK, 208 pp. ISBN 978-1-138-80688-7. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This book highlights how temporary international civil servants play a crucial role in initiating processes of legal and institutional change in the United Nations system. These individuals are the “missing” creative elements needed to fully understand the emergence and initial spread of UN ideas such as human development, sovereignty as responsibility, and multifunctional peacekeeping. The book: •Shows that that temporary UN officials are an actor category which is empirically crucial, yet usually neglected in analytical studies of the UN system. Focussing on these particular individual actors therefore allows for a better understanding of complex UN decision-making. •Demonstrates how these civil servants matter, looking at what their agency is based on. Offering a new and distinctive model, Bode seeks to move towards a comprehensive conceptualisation of individual agency, which is currently conspicuous for its absence in many theoretical approaches that address policy change •Uses three key case studies of international civil servants (Francis Deng, Mahbub ul Haq and Marrack Goulding) to explore the possibilities of this specific group of UN individuals to act as agents of change and thereby test the prevailing notion that international bureaucrats can only act as agents of the status quo.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Ingvild Bode
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2015 15:20 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:49 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53512 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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