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Rules for the World takes as its subject international organizations, in particular their secretariats, and explicates how IOs, like states, are and have been active participants in the international system, not just the passive subjects of state power. For anyone who has worked in an international organization, worked with international organizations, or studied them carefully, this insight should not come as a surprise, yet because of the traditional role of states in the international arena and because of their purported monopoly on international authority, scholars have largely overlooked the agency of international organizations. Rules for the World fills this huge gap and provides the theoretical framework and concrete examples that give texture to the phenomenon of international organization autonomy.


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