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The Gloss of Harmony: The Politics of Policy-Making in Multilateral Organisations

Birgit Muller

The Gloss of Harmony: The Politics of Policy-Making in Multilateral Organisations

Birgit Muller

Distributed for Pluto Press

280 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745333748 Published October 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780745333755 Published October 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Gloss of Harmony focuses on agencies of the United Nations, examining the paradox of entrusting relatively powerless and underfunded organisations with the responsibility of tackling some of the essential problems of our time. The book shows how international organisations shape the world in often unexpected and unpredictable ways.

The authors of this collection look not only at the official objectives and unintended consequences of international governance but also at how international organisations involve collective and individual actors in policy making, absorb critique, attempt to neutralise political conflict and create new political fields with local actors and national governments.

The Gloss of Harmony identifies the micro-social processes and complexities within multilateral organisations which have, up to now, been largely invisible. This book will have wide appeal not only to students and academics in anthropology, business studies and sociology but also to all practitioners concerned with international governance.

Contents

1. Introduction: Lifting the Veil of Harmony: Anthropologists approach International Organizations by Birgit Müller
Part 1 Making a World that is Governable
2. The Power of Perseverance. Exploring the Negotiation Dynamics at the World Intellectual Property Organization by Regina Bendix
3. The Making of Global Consensus. Constructing Norms on Refugee Protection at UNHCR by Marion Fresia
4. The Politics of Technicality. Guidance Culture in Environmental Governance by Peter Bille Larsen
Part 2 Diluting Conflict — Creating Harmony
5. Before Audit Culture: A Genealogy of International Oversight of Rights by Jane K. Cowan
6. Politics of Shame: The Bureaucratization of International Human Rights Monitoring by Tobias Kelly
7. Entangled in Artifacts. Governing Diverging Claims and Rights to Cultural Objects at UNESCO by Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin
Part 3 Participation and Actor Building across Scales
8. “We Indigenous Peoples…” Global Activism and the Emergence of a New Collective Subject at the United Nations by Irène Bellier
9. The Loss of Harmony. FAO Guidance for Food Security in Nicaragua by Birgit Müller
10. Nature for Money. The Configuration of Transnational Institutional Space for Environmental Governance by Kenneth Iain MacDonald
Notes on Contributors
Index

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