Widening Participation

Chadwick F. Alger

in The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199560103
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Widening Participation

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This article discusses the changing face of multilateralism. It emphasizes the need for pluralizing the voices heard in UN deliberations and taking the Charter Preamble's call more seriously. It shows that multilateralism has gone through a process of continual change throughout the history of the United Nations, and stresses the possibility that this dynamic process will continue well into the future. The article also reiterates the importance of getting involved in civil society organizations, local groups, and business groups, which would help change unconscious participants to conscious participants in international society.

Keywords: multilateralism; UN deliberations; Charter Preamble; continual change; civil society organizations; participation; international society

Article.  6904 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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