PODCAST | The Politics of Reform in an Ageing United Nations System

This is part of the Democracy Futures Seminar Series. 28 October 2015.

As the United Nations approaches its 70th birthday, states and global citizens are confronted with a complex and highly path-dependent polity beyond the state. Each reform effort in the United Nation exacerbates the tensions between historical rights (one state, one vote) and informal power constellations.Dr Tine Hanriederinvestigates the patterns of institutional change that arise from such tensions. She will discuss the self-reinforcing fragmentation dynamics and the drifting authority of organisations like the World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO, and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The contemporary bids for influence by rising states, new civil society actors, and private donors must be analysed against the backdrop of such path dependent power dynamics.

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