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date: 16 April 2021

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This chapter discusses the general context of analyses of leadership of international organizations in political science and the attempt to understand this leadership from the 1950s to the 1970s, when Haas, Cox, and Jacobson elaborated a research programme to see the internal dynamics of international organizations, also paying attention to leadership by the organizations’ executives. During the 1970s and 1980s the interest in formal organizations and leadership diminished. The chapter then reviews more recent analyses of leadership in the United Nations and European Union systems and discusses some promising ways of studying leadership of international organizations by focusing on problem-solving and leadership during implementation.

Keywords: leadership, international organization, European Union system, United Nations system, problem-solving, implementation

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