Essay About International Organisations Geneva

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is likely to consist of:
  1. Class participation (20%)
  2. Essay (80%, 5,000 words).
Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of the course

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Workload

26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. 

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the ANU Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

None.  Materials will be made available on a thumb drive at the start of the program in Geneva, and further materials may be made available by guest lecturers in the course of the program.

Indicative Reading List

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

 Enrolment in the course is limited to students with a sufficient background in international law.

What factors influence the faithfulness of international organizations (IOs) to mandates assigned to them by member states? Although recent literature treats international organization agents as autonomous actors in global politics, most work continues to treat the bureaucracy of an international organization as a unitary actor. I argue that the unitary actor assumption limits our ability to assess how internal factors such as fragmentation influence agent faithfulness. When we conceive of international organization bureaucracies as collective agents — those including more than one bureaucratic actor and subject to internal fragmentation — international organization faithfulness can be more fully explained. Specifically, fragmentation limits faithfulness by inhibiting the effectiveness of principals’ control mechanisms (i.e. oversight and agent screening and sanctioning). These arguments are illustrated using a case study of the World Health Organization and its efforts to improve health systems between 1982 and 2008.

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