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17.02.16

Bureaucrats key players expanding climate change mandates

Nina Hall shows how intergovernmental organisations have responded to climate change – and even expanded their mandates.

Displacement, Development, and Climate Change: International organizations moving beyond their mandates will be published on 28 April 2016 by Routledge. The book explores how international development, migration and humanitarian organisations are dealing with climate change and how they are moving beyond their mandate.

The book focuses on three institutions: The United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Development Programme. It traces their responses to climate change in their rhetoric, policy, structure, operations and overall mandate change. Nina Hall argues that international bureaucrats can play an important role in mandate expansion, often deciding whether and how to expand into a new issue area and then lobbying states to endorse this expansion. They make changes in rhetoric, policy, structure and operations on the ground, and therefore forge, frame and internalise new issue linkages.

This book helps us to understand how institutions established in the 20th century are adapting to a 21st century world. It will be of great interest to scholars and students of international relations, development studies, environmental politics, International Organizations and global governance, as well as international officials.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Issue-linkages
  • Chapter 2. UNHCR and climate change
  • Chapter 3. IOM and climate change
  • Chapter 4. UNDP and climate change
  • Conclusion: Moving beyond their mandates?

About the author

Nina Hall is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance. Her research explores how international organisations (IOs), many of which were created in the post-WWII era, are evolving in the 21st century. Nina has also worked on effectiveness and leadership in IOs. She co-authored a World Economic Forum report on effective leadership in multilateral institutions. She is collaborating with Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, on the impact of leaders in IOs. Her work has been published in Global Environmental Politics, the Journal of International Organization Studies and the Australian Journal of Political Science.