The bureaucracy of international organisations
in Unpacking international organisations
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book illuminates the fact that the mix of behavioural dynamics within international bureaucracies is organisationally contingent and more complex than assumed by the theoretical orthodoxy of the study of international relations (IR). It argues that one of the defining features of international bureaucracies is their compound nature consisting of multiple behavioural dynamics, role definitions and identities among the incumbents. The book presents the three international bureaucracies at the three levels of analysis: the macro-level, the meso-level and the micro-level. It provides supplementary descriptive information on international bureaucracies with respect to organisational size, administrative resources, recent reforms and administrative transformations, strategies and administrative policies. The book draws implications from the observations with respect to questions on the autonomy, accountability and efficiency of international bureaucracies.

Unpacking international organisations

The dynamics of compound bureaucracies

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