Envisioning Reform: Enhancing UN Accountability in the 21st Century

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  • Edited Sumihiro Kuyama and Michael Fowler

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    ISBN-10: 9280802399,
    ISBN-13: 9789280811704
    United Nations University Press
    September 2009

    The term accountability is increasingly heard at the United Nations. More than six decades after the organization’s founding, people continue to ask exactly how the UN is accountable for what it does, and many agree that enhanced UN accountability is a prerequisite to effective global governance. Nevertheless, the concept is elusive and rarely defined, and views have diverged on its proper meaning and various implications. The contributors to this volume identify key issues, raise pertinent questions, and suggest useful reforms regarding accountability in the context of the United Nations system.

    Sumihiro Kuyama is Visiting Professor at the United Nations University.

    Michael Fowler is Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville.

    Table of contents

    • Introduction
    • Making the United Nations accountable: Managerial and political perspectives

    Part I: General analysis of accountability in the UN context

    • Bringing the different United Nations to account
    • Conceptual analysis of accountability: The structure of accountability in the process of responsibility
    • Legitimacy and accountability of the United Nations
    • Accountability of the United Nations from the perspective of international law

    Part II: Managerial accountability

    • Managerial accountability and the UN system
    • UN management reform as a basis for enhancing accountability
    • A ladder of accountability: Analysis of subconcepts of managerial accountability in the United Nations

    Part III: Political accountability

    • Enhancing the political accountability of the United Nations via multi-stakeholder synergy
    • Democratic accountability in UN field operations

    Part IV: Case studies of accountability

    • Accountability and NPM reforms in the European Union: Implications for UN reform
    • Improving accountability and legitimacy in the European Union
    • The World Bank Inspection Panel: Participation and accountability
    • Improving accountability at the Asian Development Bank

    Part V: Conclusion

    • Appendix I: Commentaries made at the United Nations University Tokyo seminar
    • Appendix II: Areas for further study