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- The Rise of Global Policy and Transnational Administration
- Global Public Policy and the Constitution of Political Authority
- Globalization and Internationalization: Impact upon the State and the Civil Service
- The Potential and Limits of Administrative Sovereignty
- State Fragility, International Development Policy, and Global Responses
- International Policy Transfer: Between the Global and Sovereign and between the Global and Local
- International Policy Entrepreneurship
- City Networks and Paradiplomacy as Global Public Policy
- International NGOs, Transnational Civil Society, and Global Public Policy: Opportunities and Obstacles in the Twenty-First Century
- The International Civil Service
- Domestic Capacity to Deliver Innovative Solutions for Grand Social Challenges
- Sovereignty Renewed: Transgovernmental Policy Networks and the Global–Local Dilemma
- Scales and Network Societies: The Expansion of Global Public Policy
- The Transnationalization of Public Spheres and Global Policy
- Conceptualizing Global Public Policy: A Global Public Good Perspective
- Regionalization and Transregional policies
- European Union Studies as a Tributary of Global Policy and Transnational Administration
- International Political Economy: A Global ‘Policy Turn’?
- Law–Space Nexus, Global Governance, and Global Administrative Law
- Filling the Gap: Global Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy Programmes
- Global Policy and Transnational Administration: Intellectual Currents in World Making
- Knowledge Networks, Scientific Communities, and Evidence-Informed Policy
- The Importance of Informal Intergovernmental Organizations: A Typology of Transnational Administration without Independent Secretariats
- Transnational Administration from the Beginning: The Importance of Charisma in Shaping International Organizational Norms
- Designing Global Public Policies in the Twenty-First Century
- The Agenda-Setting Capacity of Global Networks
- Transnational Policy Communities and Regulatory Networks as Global Administration
- Standard Setting and International Peer Review: The OECD as a Transnational Policy Actor
- Evolving Funding Patterns of Global Programmes and Their Impacts on Governance and Operations
- Development Partnerships’ Governance Structures, Accountability, and Participation
- Governance and Administration in Global Health Organizations: Considering the Legacies of the ‘Golden Era’ of Global Health Policy?
- Organized Business and Global Public Policy: Administration, Participation, and Regulation
- The Role of Large Management Consultancy Firms in Global Public Policy
- Compliance in Transnational Regulation: A Global Supply Chain Approach
- Providing Foundations: Philanthropy, Global Policy, and Administration
- Global Summitry as Sites of Transnational Technocratic Management and Policy Contestation
- Heads of International Organizations: Politicians, Diplomats, Managers
- International Civil Servant Management: A Personnel-Influenced Research Agenda
- The United Nations, Peacekeepers, and Accountability
- International Organizations, Civil Servants, and Whistleblowing
Abstract and Keywords
Heads of international organizations (IOs) personify their organization. They are often the only public figures from their organizations who are widely recognized. This chapter seeks to identify the ways that directors-general can exercise their influence. The first section examines the qualities that potential directors-general might require, the way that they reach their positions, and the implications those (s)electoral procedures have for IO leaders. The second section analyses three roles that all heads of IOs play: as managers of diverse multilateral organizations that are sometimes scattered around the globe; as diplomats who represent their organizations in international arenas; and as politicians who must work with member states in the organization. The chapter concludes that how heads of IOs balance these three roles often shape the outcomes of their organizations. They nonetheless operate within constraints. The nature of IO leadership must be contingent, depending on agency and opportunity.
Xu Yi-chong is a professor in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. She is the author of: Powering China (Routledge, 2002); The Politics of Nuclear Energy in China (Springer, 2010); Sinews of Power: Politics of the State Grid Corporation of China (Oxford University Press, 2017); and (co-authored with Patrick Weller) The Governance of World Trade: International Civil Servants and the GATT/WTO (Edward Elgar, 2004); Inside the World Bank (Springer, 2009); and The Working World of International Organisations (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is editor of The Political Economy of Sovereign Wealth Funds (with G. Bahgat) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), The Political Economy of State-owned Enterprises in China and India (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), and The Politics of International Organisations: Views from Inside (with Patrick Weller) (Routledge, 2015).
Patrick Weller, AO, is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. He was Professor of Politics at Griffith from 1984 to 2015. He is author/co-author of Can Ministers Cope? (Hutchinson, 1981), First among Equals (Taylor & Francis, 1985), Malcolm Fraser PM (Penguin Books, 1989), Australia’s Mandarins (Allen & Unwin, 2001), Don’t Tell the Prime Minister (Scrive Publications, 2002), Cabinet Government in Australia, 1901–2006 (UNSW Press, 2007), Westminster Compared (Oxford University Press, 2009), Learning to be a Minister (Melbourne University Publishing, 2010), and Kevin Rudd, Twice Prime Minister (Melbourne University Publishing 2014). He is co-author with Xu Yi-chong of The Governance of World Trade: International Civil Servants in the GATT/WTO (Edward Elgar, 2004), Inside the World Bank (2009), The Working World of International Organisations (Oxford University Press, 2018). He was elected a fellow of the Academy of the Social Science in Australia in 1996 and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2002. He was a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group on Reform of Australian Government Administration in 2010.
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