The United Nations and Changing World Politics by Thomas G. WeissThe United Nations and Changing World Politics by Thomas G. Weiss

The United Nations and Changing World Politics

byThomas G. Weiss, David P Forsythe, Roger A. Coate

Paperback | August 2, 2016

Pricing and Purchase Info

$68.38 online 
$72.70 list price save 5%
Earn 342 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


This completely revised and updated eighth edition serves as the definitive text for courses in which the United Nations is either the focus or a central component. Built around three critical themes in international relations (peace and security, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and sustainable human development) the eighth edition of The United Nations and Changing World Politics guides students through the seven turbulent decades of UN politics.

This new edition is fully revised to incorporate recent developments on the international stage, including new peace operations in Mali and the Central African Republic; ongoing UN efforts to manage the crises in Libya, Syria, and Iraq; the Iran Nuclear Deal; and the new Sustainable Development Goals. The authors discuss how international law frames the controversies at the UN and guides how the UN responds to violence and insecurity, gross violations of human rights, poverty, underdevelopment, and environmental degradation. Students of all levels will learn that the UN is a complex organization, comprised of three interactive entities that cooperate and also compete with each other to define and advance the UN's principles and purposes.

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director-Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.David P. Forsythe is the Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.Roger A. Coate is Paul D. Coverdell...
Title:The United Nations and Changing World PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6.12 × 0.88 inPublished:August 2, 2016Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813349788

ISBN - 13:9780813349787

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

Tables and Illustrations
Foreword to the Eighth Edition, David M. Malone

What Is the United Nations?
Politics and Power in the First, Second, and Third UN
The Principles of the United Nations
Structure of the Book
Central Themes

Part One: International Peace and Security
1 The Theory and Practice of UN Collective Security
Collective Security
Regional Arrangements
2 UN Security Efforts During the Cold War
The Early Years: Palestine, Korea, Suez, the Congo
Understanding Peacekeeping
Economic Sanctions
3 UN Security Operations After the Cold War, 1988–1998
UN Military Operations, 1988–1993
The Rebirth of Peacekeeping
Moving Toward the Next Generation
Moving Toward Enforcement
Sanctions in the Post–Cold War Era: Humanitarian Dilemmas
Operational Quandaries: Cambodia, the Former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Rwanda, and Haiti
Lessons Learned
4 Security Operations Since 1999
The Responsibility to Protect
Stabilized Security Operations
Evolving Security Operations
Whither the Responsibility to Protect?
5 Confronting Contemporary Challenges
Security Challenges
Political Challenges
The Challenges of Reform
Incremental Change

Part Two: Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
6 The United Nations, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Affairs
Understanding Human Rights
Basic Norms in the UN Era
International Humanitarian Law (Human Rights During War)
7 Applying Human Rights Standards: The Roles of the First and Second UN
Human Rights and the First UN
Human Rights and the Second UN
Human Rights and National Interest
8 The Third UN in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs: The Role of Independent Experts and NGOs
Experts and the Human Rights Council
Supplemental Human Rights and Treaty Monitoring Bodies
Nongovernmental Organizations
9 Theories of Change
Theoretical Considerations
The International Criminal Court: Knowledge and Learning
Learning and Democracy
Human Rights and Development
A Web of Norms Resulting in Change?

Part Three: Sustainable Human Development
10 Theories of Development at the United Nations
Phase One: National State Capitalism (1945–1962)
Phase Two: International Affirmative Action (1962–1981)
Phase Three: Return to Neoliberalism (1981–1989)
Phase Four: Sustainable Development and Globalization (1989–Present)
11 Sustainable Development as Process: UN Organizations and Norms
The UN Proper
Members of the UN Family?
Norm Creation and Coherence: A Partial History of Ideas
The UN’s Sustainable Human Development Model
12 The UN and Development in a Globalizing World
The MDG Strategy
Implementing the MDGs
A Global Partnership for Development
From the MDGs to the SDGs
Explaining Change

Conclusion: Learning from Change
Measuring Change
Learning Lessons?
Articulation and Aggregation of Interests
Rule Making
Applying Rules
Some Final Thoughts

Appendix A: The United Nations System
Appendix B: Concise List of Internet Sites Relevant to the United Nations
Appendix C: Charter of the United Nations
Appendix D: United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Appendix E: Sustainable Development Goals
About the Book and Authors

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Prior Editions“Four expert authors join forces to provide a theoretically sophisticated survey of the UN as an actor—and not merely a stage—in international politics.” —Robert E. Williams, Jr., Pepperdine University“Few stories are as complex, as misunderstood, or as urgent as that of the United Nations. No one tells it better than this dynamic author team. Already a classic, their text offers invaluable insights into how the world tries, fails, and tries again to govern itself.” —Edward Luck, Columbia University“Since its first edition in the mid-1990s, this book has been the standard text on the UN for courses in international organization. No other book can compete with its sophisticated analysis and up-to-date information.” —Craig N. Murphy, Wellesley College“[The authors] focus on the most important questions of international governance—human security, human rights, and sustainable development—and provide students with a wealth of information enabling them to make their own informed conclusions about the UN system's contributions to answering them.” —M. J. Peterson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst