Francis Deng and the Concern for Internally Displaced Persons: Intellectual Leadership at the United Nations

Bode, Ingvild (2014) Francis Deng and the Concern for Internally Displaced Persons: Intellectual Leadership at the United Nations. Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, 20 (2). pp. 277-295. ISSN 1075-2846. (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

Using the case of Francis Deng as representative of the Secretary-General for internally displaced persons as an example, this article considers how temporary civil servants may become intellectual leaders within the United Nations. During his 1992–2004 tenure, Deng managed to raise assistance and protection expectations for the internally displaced through framing their concerns in the concept of sovereignty as responsibility. He also contributed to legal change through formulating protection and assistance standards—the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. The article argues that a combination of three factors enabled him to exercise intellectual leadership. First, his insider-outsider position at the border between the UN Secretariat (the second UN) and the nongovernmental organizations, academic scholars, and independent experts who engage regularly with the UN (the third UN); second, his personal qualities; and third, his effective ways of framing at an opportune moment in time.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: United Nations, agents of change, internally displaced persons
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 15:24 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 11:32 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53513 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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