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The UN Security Council and Informal Groups of States

Jochen Prantl


This book examines the dynamics between informal groups of states and the UN Security Council in the management of conflicts in Namibia, El Salvador, and Kosovo. It sets forth three main arguments. Firstly, that informal groups of states are agents of incremental change. They proliferated in the 1990s out of the increasing demands on the United Nations to adapt to the new security environment of the post-bipolar world, without formally changing the constitutional foundation of the Organization. Secondly, that informal mechanisms may narrow the operational and participatory gap growing out of t ... More

Keywords: conflict management, El Salvador, governance, incremental change, international relations theory, Kosovo, legitimacy, Namibia, reform, UN Security Council

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199287680
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199287686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jochen Prantl, author
Research Fellow in International Relations, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
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