Vreeland, James Raymond and Axel Dreher. 2014. The Political Economy of the United Nations Security Council: Money and Influence. New York: Cambridge University Press.


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    Cleveland, Clayton J. 2017. Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)

    Book Description:
    Trades of money for political influence persist at every level of government. Not surprisingly, governments themselves trade money for political support on the international stage. Strange, however, is the tale of this book. For, in this study, legitimacy stands as the central political commodity at stake. The book investigates the ways governments trade money for favors at the United Nations Security Council - the body endowed with the international legal authority to legitimize the use of armed force to maintain or restore peace. With a wealth of quantitative data, the book shows that powerful countries, such as the United States, Japan, and Germany, extend financial favors to the elected members of the Security Council through direct foreign aid and through international organizations, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In return, developing countries serving on the Security Council must deliver their political support ... or face the consequences.

  • Shows that the UNSC is not immune to the machinations of Realpolitik
  • Demonstrates that foreign aid often goes to strategically important countries in return for political favors
  • Provides a rigorous analysis of quantitative data that suggests that governments trade financial favors for political support at the UNSC

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