International Organizations & Democracy

Do international organizations represent the interests of the global citizenry? Or are they merely vehicles for the agendas of powerful nations and special interests?

Thomas Zweifel explores this increasingly contentious issue, deftly blending history, theory, and case studies.

Zweifel's analysis covers both regional organizations (e.g., the EU, NAFTA, NATO, the AU) and such global institutions as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.

With international organizations becoming perhaps the most appropriate-if not the only-forum for tackling myriad transnational challenges, his systematic study of how these organizations function is central to the study of both international relations and democracy in the 21st century.


“An innovative scale of procedural democracy.”

—Robert O. Keohane

Professor of International Affairs,

Princeton University




People power.

“Ambitious and thought-provoking.”

—Edward Luck,

Professor of International Organization, Columbia University
Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General

—Andrew Moravcsik

Princeton University


—Steven Bernstein,

Political Science Quarterly

"Students will undoubtedly find it provocative, and will also appreciate the useful primers on the organizations it assesses."

“Clear and compelling ... sets the stage for an informed debate on the place of 'We, The People' in global governance.”

—Shepard L. Forman,

Center on International Cooperation,

New York University

“Teachers, students, and practitioners alike will turn to this distinctive and original text for guidance.”

—Michael F. Osborne, international jurist;

member of the Cape Town Bar and New York Bar

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"A dose of common sense–this path-breaking book... is a must read for scholars, practitioners, and students of world politics."

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