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Emergency Powers of International Organizations: Between Normalization and Containment

Christian Kreuder-Sonnen


This book explores emergency politics of international organizations (IOs). It studies cases in which, based on justifications of exceptional necessity, IOs expand their authority, increase executive discretion, and interfere with the rights of their rule-addressees. This “IO exceptionalism” is observable in the crisis responses of a diverse set of institutions including the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, and the World Health Organization. Through six in-depth case studies, the book analyzes the institutional dynamics unfolding in the wake of the assumption of emergency p ... More

Keywords: authority, crisis, emergency politics, global governance, institutionalism, international organizations, legitimacy, proportionality, rhetorical power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198832935
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198832935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Kreuder-Sonnen, author
Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center