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MODL5028M - Reading List

International Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice, 2021/22
Gary Hernandez
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Reading List – MODL5028M

International Organisations: Context, Theory, Practice

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Useful journals

European journal of international relations.

International organization.

International security.

International studies quarterly.

Review of international studies.

The Review of International Organizations.

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Online resources

Online Resources – International Relations Theory - A collection of multimedia resources and links introducing the major theoretical approaches within International Relations -

Conversations with History -

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Core texts/general reading

Archer, C. 2015. International Organizations. 4th ed. New York: Routledge.

Armstrong, D. et al. 2004. International organisation in world politics. 3rd ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Barkin, J.S. 2006. International organization : theories and institutions. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barnett, M. and Finnemore, M. 2004. Rules for the world : international organizations in global politics. New York: Cornell University Press.

Bennett, A.L. and Oliver, J.K. 2002. International Organizations: Principles and Issues. 7th ed. London: Pearson Education OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (fad 21/09/2021) .

Diehl, P.F. and Frederking, B. 2010. The Politics of Global Governance: International Organizations in an Interdependent World. 4th ed. London: Lynne Rienner Publications. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Hurd, I. 2020. International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice. 4th ed. Cambridge University Press.

Karns, M.P. and Mingst, K.A. 2010. International organizations : the politics and processes of global governance. 2nd ed. London: Lynne Rienner Publications.

Murphy, C.N. 2004. International organization and industrial change : global governance since 1850. Cambridge: Blackwell Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva .

Pease, K-K.S. 2012. International organizations. 5th ed. Glenview: Pearson.

Rittberger, V. And Zangl, B. 2006. International organization  New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


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Week 1/2 - Context

Introductory chapters form the above core texts plus:

Barnett, M. and Duvall, R. 2005. Power in global governance. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Commission on Global Governance. 1995. Our global neighbourhood : the report of the Commission on Global Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Held, D. and McGrew, A. 2007. Globalization/anti-globalization : beyond the great divide. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Hirst, P. et al. 2009. Globalization in Question. 3rd edn. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Lederer, M. and Muller, P. ed. 2005. Criticizing global governance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rennen, W. and Martens, P. 2003. The Globalisation Timeline. Integrated assessment.. 4 (3), pp137-144

Turner, E. A. L. 2010. Why Has the Number of International Non-Governmental Organizations Exploded since 1960? Cliodynamics : the journal of theoretical and mathematical history.. 1 (1), pp.81-91 Available online

Wilkinson, R. ed. 2005. The global governance reader. New York: Routledge

Weiss, T. 2009. What happened to the Idea of World Government. International studies quarterly. 53 (2), pp.253-271

Readings on a post-liberal international order

Allison, G. 2018. The Myth of the Liberal Order: From Historical Accident to Conventional Wisdom. Foreign Affairs. 97(4), pp.124-133

Colgan, JD and Keohane, RO. 2017. The Liberal Order is Rigged: Fix it Now or Watch it Wither. Foreign Affairs. 96(3), pp.36-44

Ikenberry, GJ. The End of the Liberal International Order? International Affairs. 94(1), pp.7-23

Mearsheimer, JJ. 2019. Bound to Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Liberal International Order. International Security. 43(4), pp.7-50

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Week 2/3 - IR Theories

Relevant chapters from the core texts plus:

Burchill, D. and Linklater, P. eds. Theories of International Relations. 5th edn.New York: Palgrave Macmillan  (available online)

Daddow, O. 2013. International relations theory : the essentials. 2nd edn. London: Sage

Dunne, T., Kurki, M. and Smith, S. eds. 2016. International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity. 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Knutsen, T.L. 1997. A history of international relations theory. 2nd edn. Manchester: Manchester University Press

Weber, C. 2010. International relations theory: a critical introduction. 3rd edn. London: Routledge

Wendt, A. 2003. Why a World State is Inevitable. European journal of international relations.. 9 (4), pp.491-542


Carr. E.H. 2001. The twenty years' crisis, 1919-1939: an introduction to the study of international relations. 2nd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Elman, C. and Jensen, Michael A. eds. 2014. Realism reader. London: Routledge

Mearsheimer, J.J. 2001. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. London: Norton

Morgenthau, H.J. 1948. Politics among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace. New York: Alfred A. Knopf

Rose, G. 1998. Neoclassical Realism and Theories of Foreign Policy. World politics.. 51 (1), pp. 144-172

Waltz, K. 1979. Theory of International Politics. New York: Random House


Baldwin, D. ed. 1993. Neorealism and neoliberalism : the contemporary debate. New York: Columbia University Press

Ikenberry, G.J. 2009. Liberal Institutionalism 3.0: America and the Dilemas of Liberal World Order. Perspectives on politics.. 7(1), pp. 71-87

Hasenclever, M. et al. 2000. Integrating Theories of International Regimes. Review of international studies.. 26(1), pp. 3-33

Keohane, R. 1986. Neorealism and its critics. New York: Columbia University Press

Social Constructivism:

Adler, E. 2003. Constructivism. In: Carlneas, W. et al. eds. Handbook of international relations. Thousand Oaks: Sage

Wendt, A.  1992. Anarchy is what states make of it: the social construction of power politics. International organization.. 46(2), pp. 391-425

Wendt, A. 1999. Social theory of international politics. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

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Week 4 - Collective Security/The UN

Relevant chapters from the core texts plus:

Gareis, S.B. and Varwick, J. 2005. The United Nations : an introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Grigorescu, A. 2005. Mapping the UN – League of Nations Analogy: Are There Still Lessons to Be Learned from the League? Global governance : a review of multilateralism and international organizations.. 11 (1), pp.25-42.

Krasno, J.E. ed. 2004. The United Nations : confronting the challenges of a global society. London: Lynne Rienner Publishers

Kupchan, C.A. and Kupchan, C.A. 1995. The Promise of Collective Security. International security.. 20 (1), pp.52-61

Luck, E.C. 2005. How Not to Reform the United Nations. Global governance : a review of multilateralism and international organizations.. 11 (4), pp. 407-414

Mearsheimer, J.J. 1994/5. The False Promise of International Institutions. International security.. 19  (3), pp. 5-49

Mearsheimer, J.J. 1995. A Realist Reply. International security. 20 (1), pp.82-93

Mingst, K.A. and Karns, M.P. 2007. The United Nations in the 21st century. Boulder: Westview Press

Stojek, S.M. and Tir, J. 2014. The supply side of United Nations peacekeeping operations: Trade ties and United Nations-led deployments to civil war states. European journal of international relations.. June 17

Weiss, T.G. 2010. The United Nations and changing world politics. 6th edn. Boulder: Westview Press

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Weeks 5 & 6 - Development/The World Bank

Relevant chapters from the core texts plus:

Chari, S. and Corbridge, S. eds. 2008. The development reader. London: Routledge

Collier, P. 2007. The bottom billion : why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Dreher, A. 2002. The Development and Implementation of IMF and World Bank Conditionality: HWWA Discussion Paper 165. Hamburg: Hamburg Institute of International Economics. Available at

Gibbon, P. 1993. The World Bank and the New Politics of Aid. European journal of development research.. 5 (1), pp.35-62

Jomo, K. and Fine, B. eds. The new development economics : after the Washington Consensus. London: Zed Books

Marshall, K. 2008. The World Bank : from reconstruction to development to equity. London: Routledge.

Peet, R. 2003. Unholy trinity : the IMF, World Bank and WTO. London: Zed Books

Rapley, J. 2007. Understanding Development. London: Lynne Reinner Publishers

Sen, A. 1999. Development as Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Van Norren, D.E. 2012. The Wheel of Development: the Millennium Development Goals as a communication and development tool. Third world quarterly.. 33 (5), pp. 825-836.

On poverty and accuracy of World Bank poverty figures

Chen, S. and Ravallion, M. 2012. An Update to the World Banks’s Estimates of Consumption Poverty from 2005 to 2015. Washington, DC: World Bank available from:   

Chen, S. and Ravallion, M. 2010. The Developing World is Porrer than we thought, but no less successful in the fight against poverty. The quarterly journal of economics.. 125 (4), pp. 1577-1625

Fischer, A.M. 2010. Towards Genuine Universalism within Contemporary Development Policy. IDS bulletin.. 41 (1), pp. 36-44

Haughton, J. and Khandker, S.R. 2009. Handbook on poverty and inequality. Washington, DC: World Bank

Milanovic, B. 2003. The Two Faces of Globalisation: Against Globalisation as We Know It. World development.. 31 (4), pp.667-683

OECD. 2013.  Development co-operation report 2013 : ending poverty. OECD Publishing

Ravallion, M. 2010. A Reply to Reddy and Pogge. . In: Anand, S. et al. eds . Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Also available at: HowNot_toCount_thePoor_Reply_toReddy_Pogge.pdf   

Reddy, S. and Pogge, T. 2010. How Not to Count the Poor. In: Anand, S. et al. eds . Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Also available at:   

Sumner, A. 2012. Where Do The Poor Live? World development. 40 (5), pp.865-877

Voting power and voice reform at the World Bank

Vestergaard, J. and Wade, R. 2013. Protecting Power: How Western States Retain The Dominant Voice in The World Bank's Governance. World development. 46, pp. 153-164

Brettonwoodsproject. 2010. Analysis of World Bank voting reforms: Governance remains illegitimate and outdated. Briefing. Available at:

World Bank Development Policy Lending and conditionality 

ActionAid. 2006. What progress? A shadow review of World Bank conditionality. Johannesburg: Action Aid International available from   

Bull, B. 2007. Analysis of the reports, 'Conditionality in Development Policy Lending' (World Bank, December 2007) and 'Untying the knots: How the World Bank is failing to deliver real change on conditionality' (Eurodad 2007), Oslo, Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo.   

Eurodad. 2006. World Bank and IMF conditionality: a development injustice. Available:

Eurodad. 2007. Untying the knots-How the World Bank is failing to deliver real change on conditionality. Available:

Honkaniemi, N. 2010. Conditionality in World Bank crisis-lending to Ghana. Briefing. Eurodad. Available at:

Mosely, P. et al. 1995. Aid and Power: The World Bank and Policy-based Lending. London: Routledge

Sheppard, E. & Leitner, H. 2010. Quo vadis neoliberalism? The remaking of global capitalist governance after the Washington Consensus. Geoforum..  41 ,  pp.185-194.

Smets, L. and Knack, S. 2014. World Bank Lending and the Quality of Economic Policy. Policy Research Working Paper No. 6924. World Bank available from

Wood, A. 2005. World Bank's poverty reduction support credit : continuity or change? Dublin: Debt and Development Coalition Ireland.

World Bank. 2007. Conditionality in Development Policy Lending. Operations Policy and Country Services: The World Bank. Available:

Websites: - The UK Department for International Development. - The World Bank’s main site which includes hundreds of papers and reports.

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Week 8 – Trade/The WTO

Relevant chapters from the core texts plus:

Bhagwati, J. 2001. After Seattle: Free Trade and the WTO. International affairs.. 77 (1) pp.15-31

Brutger, R. and Morse, J.C. 2015. Balancing law and politics: Judicial incentives in WTO dispute settlement. The Review of International Organizations. 10(2) pp. 179-205

Burton, J.H. et al. 2008. The evolution of the trade regime : politics, law, and economics of the GATT and the WTO. Princeton: Princeton University Press

Davis, C.L. 2003. Food fights over free trade : how international institutions promote agricultural trade liberalization. Princeton: Princeton University Press

Deardoff, A. and Stern, R. 2002. What Should You Know about Globalization and the World Trade Organization. Review of international economics.. 10 (3) pp. 404-423

Dollar, D. and Kraay, A. 2004. Trade, Growth, and Poverty. Economic journal.. 114 (493), pp.22-49

Milanovic, B. 2003. The Two Faces of Globalisation: Against Globalisation as We Know it. World development.. 31 (4), pp.667-683

Narlikar, A. 2005. The World Trade Organization : a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Ruggie, J.G. 1982. International Regimes, Transactions, and Change: Embedded Liberalism in the Post-Cold War Economic Order. International organization. 36 pp. 379-415

Rodrik, D. 2011. The globalization paradox : democracy and the future of the world economy. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 

Trebilcock, M. et al. 2012. The Regulation of International Trade. 4th edn. London: Routledge

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Week 9 – Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Relevant chapters from the core texts plus:

Beitz, C.R. 2009. The Idea of Human Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Donnelly, J. 2013. Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice. 3rd edn. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press

Evans, G. 2008. The responsibility to protect : ending mass atrocity crimes once and for all. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution

Forsythe, D.P. 2012. Human Rights in International Relations. 3rd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Holmes, J. 2014. Responsibility to Protect: A Humanitarian overview. Global responsibility to protect.. 6 (2) pp. 126-145

Hopgood, S. 2006. Keepers of the flame : understanding Amnesty International. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press

Kennedy, D. 2004. The dark sides of virtue : reassessing international humanitarianism. Princeton: Princeton University Press

Lauren, P.G. 2003. The evolution of international human rights : visions seen. 2nd edn. Philadelphia: University of Philadelphia Press

Oestreich, J.E. 2007. Power and principle : human rights programming in international organizations. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press

Welsh, J. ed. 2004. Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press


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Week 10 – Translation and International Organisations

Chidlow, A. et al. 2014. Translation in cross-language international business research: Beyond equivalence. Journal of international business studies.. 45, pp.562-582.

Marschan-Piekkari, R. et al. 1999. In the shadow: the impact of language on structure, power and communication in the multinational. International business review.. 8, pp.421-440.

Piron, C. and Tonkin, H. 1979. Translation in international organizations. Rotterdam: Universal Esperanto Association. Available online:

Pym, A. 2006. Globalization and the politics of translation studies. Meta: Translators’ Journal. 51( 4 ), pp.744-757. Available online  Available online at:    

Pym, A. 2001. The Use of Translation in International Organizations. Available from:

Robertson, C. 2013. How the European Union functions in 23 languages. Synaps, 28. Available online at:

Schäffner, C. and Adab, B. Translation as intercultural communication – Contact as conflict. In Snell-Hornby, M. et al. (eds.). 1995. Translation as intercultural communication : selected papers from the EST Congress, Prague 1995. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Venuti, L. 2008. The translator’s invisibility: A history of translation. 2nd ed. Abingdon: Routledge.


This list was last updated on 20/09/2021