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The United Nations and Democracy

The United Nations and Democracy Global Governance 5 (1999), 333–357 The United Nations and Democracy Christopher C. Joyner he UN has been maligned over the past decade for peacekeeping failures in Somalia and Bosnia and for being a bloated, inefficient, T ineffective bureaucracy. Yet, at the same time, the organization has become increasingly active in promoting the democratic process around the world, particularly in developing countries. It is, in fact, not hyperbole to assert that the UN Secretariat has assumed the impressive role of inter- national agent for democratization, as it has engaged the UN organization in various activities toward that end in more than seventy-five states and territories over the past decade. Unfortunately, this formidable UN effort at assisting the democratic process worldwide has gone largely neglected and unappreciated. This study aims to remedy this neglect by pursuing three main pur- poses. First, I examine the concept of “democracy” as interpreted and ap- plied by the UN so that a clearer picture can be derived of the particular political system envisioned, promoted, and supported by the UN Secre- tariat. I also offer an appraisal of the Secretariat’s rationale for undertak- ing such efforts at promoting democracy and the special role, if any, that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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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
10.1163/19426720-00503004
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Abstract

Global Governance 5 (1999), 333–357 The United Nations and Democracy Christopher C. Joyner he UN has been maligned over the past decade for peacekeeping failures in Somalia and Bosnia and for being a bloated, inefficient, T ineffective bureaucracy. Yet, at the same time, the organization has become increasingly active in promoting the democratic process around the world, particularly in developing countries. It is, in fact, not hyperbole to assert that the UN Secretariat has assumed the impressive role of inter- national agent for democratization, as it has engaged the UN organization in various activities toward that end in more than seventy-five states and territories over the past decade. Unfortunately, this formidable UN effort at assisting the democratic process worldwide has gone largely neglected and unappreciated. This study aims to remedy this neglect by pursuing three main pur- poses. First, I examine the concept of “democracy” as interpreted and ap- plied by the UN so that a clearer picture can be derived of the particular political system envisioned, promoted, and supported by the UN Secre- tariat. I also offer an appraisal of the Secretariat’s rationale for undertak- ing such efforts at promoting democracy and the special role, if any, that

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 1999

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