Conclusions: Implications for Governance of the UN Security Council

Jochen Prantl

in The UN Security Council and Informal Groups of States

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199287680
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603723 | DOI:
Conclusions: Implications for Governance of the UN Security Council

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This chapter summarizes the causes of informal groups of states and their effects on Security Council governance. It argues that those informal settings are changing the role of the UN Security Council in the international system. The functions of diplomatic problem-solving and its collective legitimization have become separate from one another. This has implications for the understanding of power, legitimacy, and change in the theory of international relations.

Keywords: decentralization; decision-making; effectiveness; international relations theory; legitimacy; power; representativeness; Security Council reform; US exceptionalism

Chapter.  2590 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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