International Organizations: Perspectives on Governance in the Twenty-first Century

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International Organizations: Perspectives on Governance in the Twenty-First Century integrates international organizations with international relations theory by showing how international organizations matter in the worlds of the realist, the Marxist, and the feminist, as well as the liberal.

 

Kelly-Kate Pease wrote this book out of passion and frustration. International organizations are fascinating objects of study. They are almost organic entities—evolving, changing, adapting, and even dying. However, many texts on international organizations tend to view the lives of international organizations through liberal lenses. Liberal lenses are not exactly rose-colored, but they are colored by the implicit assumption that international organizations are inherently “good” and that their “good” efforts are often thwarted by organizational weaknesses, world politics, or self-interested governments. Liberalism has contributed much to our understanding of global politics, but it has its blind spots. Examining international organizations solely from a liberal vantage does a disservice to the study of international organizations and to its development as a discipline. It unnecessarily narrows analysis; worse, it suggests that just one view of the world exists. This text brings other theoretical perspectives to bear on the study of international organizations.

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"There are many strengths to this text... The innovation o f this hook is that; rather than focusing solely on liberalism, the author investigates how multiple theoretical approarches?both mainstream and critical?would account for the rise in international organizations in general and specific case studies in particular. The author's multi-theoretical cut of specific instances of international collaboration makes this book both theoretically and empirically relevant... The author uses theory to investigate particular cases of trade, security, environment, and human rights cooperation in international organizations. This is a refreshing approach." ? Miriam Elman, Arizona State University




"Pease's book is a nice alternative to other books designed for upper division courses on international organization. The book's focus s on the four main theoretical perspectives is a key contribution to the work." ? Timothy Nordstrom, University of Mississippi




"The text does a very ,good job, after two chapters dedicated to central theoretical approaches in the study of international politics, of covering major international organizations central to global relations. Individual chapters deal with all relevant areas of concern, including security, trade, development, environment, and human rights." ? Ali K. Abootalebi, University of Wisconsin


About the Author:

Kelly-Kate Pease case is Associate Professor of International Relations at Webster University-St. Louis. She earned her PH.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has published several articles on humanitarian intervention and human rights.

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