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Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response (Hardback)
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Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 27/02/2014
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In conflict-affected regions, delays in international response can have life or death consequences. The speed with which international organizations react to crises affects the prospects for communities to re-establish peace. Why then do some international organizations take longer than others to answer calls for intervention? To answer this question and explore options for reform, Time to React builds on contemporary scholarship with original data on response rates and interview evidence from 50 ambassadors across four leading organizations (AU, EU, OAS and OSCE). The explanation for variation in speed ultimately lies in core differences in institutional cultures across organizations. Although wealth and capabilities can strengthen a peace operation, it is the unspoken rules and social networks of peace and security committees at these organizations that dictate the pace with which an operation is established. This book offers a first analysis of the critical importance of and conditions shaping timeliness of crisis response by international organizations.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199337118
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 25 mm


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This important book looks at the informal norms and networks governing the way international organizations 'really' work. Drawing on an impressive array of interviews and survey data, Hardt shows persuasively how much we miss when we ignore the personal ties and trust that are essential to decisions in a crisis. Interpersonal relationships and organizational culture can trump formal rules in ways that help get things done. Essential reading for anyone interested in when and why international organizations work well (or don't). * Martha Finnemore, University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University *
The findings described in the book challenge the realist view of international relations. Hardt makes the case that humans, even diplomats, are social creatures, and interpersonal dynamics, rather than national interest alone, can influence the timeliness of a multinational response to crisis. * CHOICE *

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