Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 28 January 2020

Abstract and Keywords

The author uses his experience as a senior international civil servant to conduct an analysis of staff members who are recruited to constitute what is referred to as the ‘second UN’. This article discusses the critical importance of independent and competent staff, as well as the efforts that were championed by Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. It points out that politicians often blame government bureaucracies for failures and inadequacies. Diplomats are shown to have a convenient scapegoat and can point a finger at the UN bureaucracy instead of a lack of political will. This article also presents the author's view of the restoration and reinvigoration of the international civil service as the sine qua non of a strengthened United Nations in the new millennium.

Keywords: Dag Hammarskjöld, government bureaucracy, diplomats, scapegoat, political will, international civil service, second UN

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.