The Performance of International Organizations

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Title: The Performance of International Organizations
Creators: Thompson, Alexander
Keywords: evaluating international organizations performance
organizational culture
U.N. peacekeepers
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: International organizations (IOs) are essential but controversial actors in world politics. They are expected to rebuild war-torn societies, reduce poverty, stop the spread of disease, prevent financial crises, address environmental problems, adjudicate disputes, ensure free trade, promote gender equality, reform legal systems, and reduce corruption. But instead of earning praise, IOs face relentless attacks from critics who believe they are ineffective — or worse, that they exacerbate the very problems they are supposed to solve. Because IOs are so important to the international system, it is crucial that scholars and policy makers have a way of evaluating them. In this project, Alexander Thompson is developing a framework for understanding the performance of IOs. Why do some IOs perform better than others, and what are the determinants of their performance?
Description: Research project funded in academic year 2008-09
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