Fully revised and updated, this popular and broad-ranging textbook provides a systematic introduction to the structure, policies and performance of international organizations. Despite being a relatively new phenomenon, international organizations are involved in innumerable issue areas. This core text analyses IOs at the regional and global levels to show how institutions such as the UN, OECD, AU, EU and many others contribute to contemporary global governance and the norms and rules which guide transnational responses to problems such as climate change, weapons of mass destruction and global terrorism.
This accessible and engaging text gives students an analytical insight into the causes and effects of international regimes and organizations. Structured in three parts, this text answers key enduring questions: why international organizations are created, how they shape collective decision making, their effects on global governance in key issue areas such as the environment and human rights. This core text is the ideal companion for students of International Relations taking International Organizations and Global Governance modules.
VOLKER RITTBERGER was Emeritus Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tubingen, Germany. BERNHARD ZANGL is Professor of Global Governance and Public Policy at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. ANDREAS KRUCK is Lecturer in International Relations and Global Governance at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.
Introduction.- PART I: THEORY AND HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Theories of International Organizations.- History of International Organizations.- PART II: POLICY-MAKING IN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS International Organizations as Political Systems.- Actors' Demands and Support: The Input Dimension.- Decision-Making in International Organizations: The Conversion Process.- What International Organizations Produce: The Output Dimension.- PART III: ACTIVITIES OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Security.- Welfare and Economic Relations.- The Environment.- Human Rights.- Between a World State and International Anarchy: Images of World Order.