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Entitlement Quotients as a Vehicle for United Nations Reform

Entitlement Quotients as a Vehicle for United Nations Reform Global Governance 9 (2003), 81–114 Entitlement Quotients as a Vehicle for United Nations Reform Joseph E. Schwartzberg The ability to create order is no less important to human survival than the ability to overcome famine, construct great edifices, write great books, or compose great symphonies. —Norman Cousins, The Human Adventure The ability of the United Nations to function effectively is limited by several serious structural deficiencies. First, the one nation–one vote system of decisionmaking in the General Assembly (GA) is unrealistic, bearing no relationship to the actual distribution of power in the world. Hence, it is hardly surprising that its decisions are only recommenda- tory rather than binding. Second, the method of allocating seats in the more powerful Security Council is neither fair nor representative. Finally, the Security Council’s legitimacy in dealing with many impor- tant issues is compromised by the anachronistic special status of the five permanent members and, in particular, by their being endowed with the veto power. The fact that so many nations consider themselves mar- ginalized by the present system contributes significantly to anti-Western and, in particular, anti-U.S. sentiment. All of the foregoing deficiencies can and should be corrected by appropriate revisions of the UN http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Entitlement Quotients as a Vehicle for United Nations Reform

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-00901007
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Abstract

Global Governance 9 (2003), 81–114 Entitlement Quotients as a Vehicle for United Nations Reform Joseph E. Schwartzberg The ability to create order is no less important to human survival than the ability to overcome famine, construct great edifices, write great books, or compose great symphonies. —Norman Cousins, The Human Adventure The ability of the United Nations to function effectively is limited by several serious structural deficiencies. First, the one nation–one vote system of decisionmaking in the General Assembly (GA) is unrealistic, bearing no relationship to the actual distribution of power in the world. Hence, it is hardly surprising that its decisions are only recommenda- tory rather than binding. Second, the method of allocating seats in the more powerful Security Council is neither fair nor representative. Finally, the Security Council’s legitimacy in dealing with many impor- tant issues is compromised by the anachronistic special status of the five permanent members and, in particular, by their being endowed with the veto power. The fact that so many nations consider themselves mar- ginalized by the present system contributes significantly to anti-Western and, in particular, anti-U.S. sentiment. All of the foregoing deficiencies can and should be corrected by appropriate revisions of the UN

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2003

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