International Organization by Volker RittbergerInternational Organization by Volker Rittberger

International Organization

byVolker Rittberger, Bernhard Zangl, Andreas Kruck

Hardcover | January 6, 2012

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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 Tübingen, 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 ...
Title:International OrganizationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023032164X

ISBN - 13:9780230321649

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Table of Contents

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.

Editorial Reviews

Reviews of the previous edition:   'This is an outstanding textbook which places international organizations in a very informative theoretical and historical context and offers a wide-ranging overview of their decision-making, key actors and agendas. It challenges readers to ponder why international organizations are likely to remain the central pillar of global governance.' - Chadwick F. Alger, The Ohio State University, USA'Theoretically informed, empirically substantiated, and persuasively written, International Organization does justice to the complex changes resulting from the increased importance of these institutions since World War II, and especially since the end of the Cold War. This could well become the standard text for courses at all levels.' - Thomas G. Weiss, The CUNY Graduate Centre, USA'A compelling and insightful book. Its balanced mix of theory and empirical case studies will enhance understanding of the ways international organizations are changing the very essence of global governance in the Twenty-first-century while keeping us well grounded in the reality that international organizations are created first and foremost to serve the interests of their members.' - W. Andy Knight, University of Alberta, USA '[A] useful textbook that clearly sets out the history, theory and activities of international organisations (IOs)... There is a thorough coverage of the structures of IOs and an excellent part on their activities.' - Clive Archer, Political Studies Association '... an invaluable, theoretically informed and empirically substantiated contribution to the literature on international organizations.' - Kjell Erling Kjellman, Journal of Peace Research