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Walter Cronkite, “United Nations, National Sovereignty, and the Future of the World,” Speech given by Walter Cronkite after being awarded the Norman Cousins Prize on 10/19/1999, at UN Delegates Dining Room

Wikipedia article on global governance

YaleGlobal Online: A Publication of Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
Excellent resource portal

Council on Foreign Relations Portal on Global Governance
News portal on global governance

Lawrence Finkelstein, "What is Global Governance" in Global Governance 1 (1995): 367-372

Collection of short films, newsreel footage, and interview concerning the UN and the League of Nation

United Nations Regional Information Center

The United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) opened in Brussels in January 2004 replacing nine closed UN Information Centres in European capitals, following a decision by the UN General Assembly. The Centre is organized into nine geographical and thematic desks and a library. UNRIC works with all stakeholders in Europe - the European Union institutions, governments, all segments of the civil society and of course the media. UNRIC aims to inform but also to engage Europeans in issues of global reach. 

Global Policy Forum

Global Policy Forum is an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the United Nations and scrutinizes global policymaking. GPF works particularly on the UN Security Council, the food and hunger crisis, and the global economy. We promote accountability and citizen participation in decisions on peace and security, social justice and international law.

Academic Council on the United Nations System

Through its core activities ACUNS stimulates, supports, and disseminates research and analysis on the United Nations, multilateralism, and international organization. ACUNS also promotes teaching on these topics, as well as dialogue and mutual understanding across and between the academic and practitioner communities. A special effort is made to ensure that advanced research conducted in universities finds its way into the programs of the UN system; ACUNS regularly partners with UN bodies in New York, Vienna, Geneva and elsewhere to support educational and other research initiatives, and current UN officials of all levels participate in many of its activities.

United Nations Foundation

It takes all nations and all sectors to make progress on the most important and far-reaching international challenges. An advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress.

Reform the UN

As a review of the structure and qualitative work of the Council, it presents diverse ideas for reform from three basic perspectives. The first concentrates on the core principles and guidelines of the Council; the second examines its forums for negotiation and decision-making; and the third analyzes the roles of relevant actors, both within and without the body.

Kofi Annan, ‘‘We the People,’’ The Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century (New York: United Nations University Press, 2000).
Available in full here.

Centro interuniversitario per la Storia delle Organizzazioni internazionali (CISOI) has collected the major articles and monographs published on international organizations from 2000 to 2010. See here to download the bibliographies.


Klaus Dingwerth and Philipp Pattberg, “Global Governance as a Perspective on World Politics” in Global Governance (12):2006, 185-203.

James Boughton and Colin Bradford, “Global Governance: New Players, New Rules-Why the 20th-model needs a makeover” in Finance and Development (44)4:2007.

Daniel Drezner, ed., Locating the Proper Authorities: The Interaction of Domestic and International Institutions (Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press, 2003).
Introduction available here.

Bardo Fassebender, UN Security Council Reform and the Right of Veto: A Constitutional Perspective, (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1998).

Judith Goldstein, Miles Kahler, Robert Keohane, and Anne-Marie Slaughter, eds., Legalization and World Politics (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2001).
Introduction available here.

Robert F. Gormann, Great Debates at the United Nations: An Encyclopedia of Fifty Key Issues, 1945-2000 (Westport, CN, 2001).

Lloyd Gruber, Ruling the World: Power Politics and the Rise of Supranational Institutions (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Kirsten Haack, The United Nations Democracy Agenda: A Conceptual History (Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 2011).

Ernst B. Haas, Beyond the nation-state: functionalism and international organization (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1964)
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Rodney Bruce Hall and Thomas J. Biersteker, eds., The Emergence of Private Authority in Global Governance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).
Review available here.

G. John Ikenberry, After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order After Major Wars (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Richard Jolly, Louis Emmerij, and Thomas Weiss eds., UN Ideas that changed the World (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009).
Review available here and here.

Evan Luard, History of the United Nations. Vol. 1 The Years of Western Domination, 1945-55, vol. 2 The Age of Decolonization, 1955-1965 (London, 1989).

Evan Luard and Derek Heater, eds., The United Nations. How it Works and What it Does 2nd ed. (London: Macmillan Press Ltd, 1994).

Peter Malanczul, Michael Barton ed., Akehurst’s Modern Introduction to International Law 7th ed. (New York: Taylor & Francis, 2002).
Excellent historical and theoretical primer on the emergence of global governance and international law.
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

John Mathiason, Invisible Governance: International Secretariats in Global Politics (Bloomfield, CT, 2007).

Karen Mingst and Margaret Karns, The United Nations in the Post-Cold War Era (Boulder: Westview Press, 1995).

James Muldoon ed., Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today (New York: Westview Press,1999).

Joachim Müller ed., Reforming the United Nations: The Quiet Revolution (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2001).

Craig Murphy and JoAnne Yates, The International Organization for Standardization: Global Governance through Voluntary Consensus (London: Routledge, 2009)
Review available here.

Craig Murphy, International Organization and Industrial Change: Global Governance since 1850 (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1994).

Craig Murphy, “Globalizing Standardization: The International Organization for Standardization,” Comparativ 4-5 (2013).

Edward Newman, The UN Secretary-General from the Cold War to the New Era (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1998).

Bertrand Ramcharan, Preventive Diplomacy at the UN (Bloomington, IN, 2008).

Rosemary Righter, Utopia Lost: The United Nations and World Order (New York: Twentieth Century Foundation, 1995).

Benjamin Rivlin, The Challenging Role of the U.N. Secretary-General: Making "the Most Impossible Job in the World" possible (Westport: Praeger Publishers, 1993).

Adam Roberts and Benedict Kingsbury, eds., United Nations, Divided World: the UN´s Role in International Relations, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995).

Richard Rosecrance, ed. The New Great Power Coalition: Toward a Concert of Nations (Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001)
Review available here.

Olav Stokke, The UN and Development: From Aid to Cooperation (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.
Review available here.

Thomas Weiss, The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations (Oxford, Oxford UP, 2007)
Review available here.

Thomas Weiss and Ramesh Thakur, Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.
Review available here.


Charter of the UN

UN documents at the Yale Avalon Project
Collection of documents including conventions and charters.


David Armstrong, Lorna Lloyd, and John Redmond, From Versailles to Maastricht: International Organization in the Twentieth Century (1996).

Alexandru Grigorescu, "Mapping the UN-League of Nations Analogy: Are There Still Lessons to be Learned from the League," Global Governance 11.1 (2005), pp. 25-42.

R. C. Hilderbrand, Dumbarton Oaks: The Origins of the United Nations and the Search for Postwar Security (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990).

John Ikenberry, After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (2001).
Chapter 1 available here.
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.
Review available here.

Paul Kennedy, The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations (New York: Random House, 2006).
Review available here.

Mark Mazower, No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009).
Review available here.

Stanley Meisler, United Nations: The first fifty years (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997)
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Christopher O’Sullivan, The United Nations: A Concise History (Malabar: Krieger Publishing, 2005)

Liang Pan, The United Nations in Japan’s Foreign and Security Policymaking, 1945-1992: National Security, Party Politics, and International Status (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005).

Serhii Plokhy, Yalta: The Price of Peace (New York: Viking, 2010).

J. Simon Rofe, "Pre-war Post-war Planning: The Phoney War, the Roosevelt Administration and the Case of the Advisory Committee on Problems of Foreign Relations," Diplomacy and Statecraft 23.2 (2012): 254-279. Review available here.

Michael Schechter, United Nations Global Conferences (London; New York: Routledge, 2005).

Stephen Schlesinger, Act of Creation. The Founding of the United Nations: The Untold Story of the Founding of the United Nations (Boulder: Westview Press, 2003).

Marika Sherwood, "There is no new deal for the Blackman in San Francisco: African Attempts to influence the founding conference of the United Nations," The International Journal of African historical Studies  29.1 (1996).

Thant Myint-U and Amy Scott, The UN Secretariat: A Brief History (1945-2006) (New York: International Peace Academy, 2007).

United Nations, The United Nations Today (New York: United Nations Department of Public Information, 2008)
Available in full in searchable PDF here.

A. Susan Williams, Who Killed Hammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War, and White Supremacy in Africa (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011).   Review available here.


The world in 1945 and the world after decolonization.
Dramatic illustration of the changing political landscape of the world before and after decolonization.

History of the United Nations and decolonization
UN portal to the history of the United Nations and decolonization. Resources include historical documents and timeline. Also includes photo database and press releases from 1966-2011.

Bandung Blog
This website was created in 2015 to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Bandung Conference. It contains documents from Bandung as well as the Bandung Bulletin covering the conference.

Prime Minister Nehru: Speech to the Bandung Conference Political Committee, 1955 in Fordham University Internet Modern History Sourcebook,

President Sukarno of Indonesia: Speech at the Opening of the Bandung Conference, April 18 1955 in Fordham University Internet Modern History Sourcebook.

Final Communiqué of the Asian-African Conference at Bandung, April 18-24, 1955

“Appeal to move U.N. away from ‘Cold War.’”

The Glasgow Herald. October 1, 1960.


Raymond Betts, Decolonization 2nd ed. (New York: Routledge, 2010).

Roland Burke, Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Muriel Chamberlain, Decolonization: The Fall of European Empires 2nd ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1999).
Excellent primer on the subject of decolonization.
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Matthew Connelly, A Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria’s Fight for Independence and the Origins of the Post-Cold War Era (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002).
Review available here.

Prasenjit Duara, Decolonization: Perspectives from now and then (New York: Routeledge, 2004).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Robert A. Hill and Edmond J. Keller, Trustee for the Human Community: Ralph J. Bunche and the Decolonization of Africa (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2010).

Christopher J. Lee, Making a World After Empire: The Bandung Movement and Its Political Afterlives (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2010).

Robert Niebuhr, "Nonalignment as Yugoslavia's Answer to Bloc Politics."
Journal of Cold War Studies 13:1 (Winter 2011).
Available in PDF.

Vrushali Patil, Negotiating Decolonization in the United Nations: Politics of Space, Identity, and International Community (New York: Routeledge, 2008).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Brenda Gayle Plummer, In Search of Power: African Americans in the Era of Decolonization, 1956-1974 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Benjamin Rivlin, ed., Ralph Bunche, the Man and His Times (New York: Holmes & Meier, 1990).  

Todd Shepard, The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Seng Tan and Amitav Acharya, eds., Bandung revisited: the legacy of the 1955 Asian-African Conference for International Order  (Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2008).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.


Sunil Amrith, “Asian Internationalism: Bandung's Echo in a Colonial Metropolis,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 6, no. 4, (2005): 557-569.

Bernard J. Firestone. “Failed Mediation: U Thant, the Johnson Administration, and the Vietnam War,” Diplomatic History 37:5 (April 2013): 1060-1089.

Matthew D. Johnson, "From Peace to the Panthers: PRC Engagement with African-American Transnational Networks, 1949-1979," Past and Present 218 (2013) suppl. 8: 233-257.

Gerard McCann, "From Diaspora to Third Worldism and the United Nations: India and the Politics of Decolonizing Africa," Past and Present 218 (2013) suppl. 8: 258-280.

Changavalli Siva Rama Murthy, “Non-Aligned Countries as Drivers of Change in International Organizations,” Comparativ 4-5 (2013).

Christopher O'Sullivan, "The United Nations, Decolonization, and Self-Determination in Cold War Sub-Saharan Africa, 1960-1994," Journal of Third World Studies 22.2 (2005): 103-120.

Vrushali Patil, “Contending masculinities: the gendered (re) negotiation of colonial hierarchy in the United Nations debates on decolonization,” Theory and Society 38 (2009), 195-215.

Anne-Isabelle Richard, “The Limits of Solidarity: Europeanism, Anti-Colonialism and Socialism at the Congress of the Peoples of Europe, Asia and Africa in Puteaux, 1948,” European Review of History 21.4 (2014): 519-537.

Naolo Shimazu, "Diplomacy as Theatre: Recasting the Bandung Conference of 1955 as Cultural History," Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series 164(2011), (accessed January 17, 2012).

Kristin S. Tassin, "'Lift Up Your Head, My Brother': Nationalism and the Genesis of the Non-Aligned Movement," Journal of Third World Studies 23.1 (2006): 147-168.

Meredith Terretta, "'We Had Been Fooled into Thinking that the UN Watches over the Entire World': Human Rights, UN Trust Territories, and Africa's Decolonization," Human Rights Quarterly 34.2 (2012): 329-360.

Robert Vitalis, "The Midnight Ride of Kwame Nkrumah and Other Fables of Bandung (Ban-doong)," Humanity 4.2 (2013).


Directory of United Nations System Organizations.

Chadwick Alger ed., The Future of the United Nations System: Potential for the Twenty- First Century (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 1998).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Linda Fasulo, An Insider’s Guide to the UN (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009).
Chapter 15 is particularly useful as a primer to UN agencies.
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Jacques Fomerand, Historical Dictionary of the United Nations 2nd ed. (New York: Scarecrow Press, 2007).
Excellent source for milestones, organizational chart, budget outlines, and a particularly impressive bibliography.

David M. Malone (ed.), The UN Security Council: From the Cold War to the 21st Century (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2004).

James Muldoon, Joann Aviel, Richard Reitano, and Earl Sullivan eds., Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today 2nd ed. (Cambridge: Westview Press, 2005).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Loraine Sievers and Sam Daws, The Procedure of the UN Security Council (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Thomas Weiss, David Forsythe, Roger Coate, and Kelly-Kate Pease eds., The United Nations and changing World Politics 5th ed. (Boulder: Westview Press, 2007).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Millennium Declaration

Procedures of the UN Security Council
This website provides extensive information on the UN Council’s current procedures and working methods.


Francis Adams, The United Nations in Latin America (New York, New York, 2010). 

Samir Amin, Imperialism and Unequal Development. (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1977)

James Armstrong, Lorna Lloyd, and John Redmond eds., From Versailles to Maastricht. International Organizations in the Twenty-first Century (New York: Macmillan, 1996).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Joseph Preston Baratta, The Politics of World Federation: From world federalism to global governance (Westport: Praeger, 2004).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.
Review available here.

Michael Barnett and Martha Finnemore, eds., Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics (London: Cornell University Press, 2004).
Available with copyrights restrictions on Google Books.

David L. Bosco, Five to Rule them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Hedley Bull, The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics (London: Macmillan, 1977).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.
Notes and summary available here.

Thomas Franck, Delegating State Powers: The Effect of Treaty Regimes on Democracy and Sovereignty (Ardsley: Transnational Publications, 2000).

Thomas Franck, Fairness in International Law (New York: Clarendon Press, 1998.)

Doris Fuchs and Friedrich Kratochwil, eds., Transformative Change and Global Order: Reflections on Theory and Practice (Münster: LIT Verlag, 2002).

Ilya V. Gaiduk, Divided Together: The United States and the Soviet Union in the United Nations (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012).

See H-Diplo review here.

Edgar Grande and Louis W. Pauly, eds., Complex Sovereignty: Reconstituting Political Authority in the Twenty-first Century (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Collin Hay and David Marsh, ed., Demystifying Globalization (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2000).

David Held, ed., Political Theory Today (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1991).

Martin Hewson and Thomas Sinclair, eds., Approaches to Global Governance Theory (Albany: SUNY Press, 1999).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Stanley Hoffman, World Disorders: Troubles Peace in the Post-Cold War Era (Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.
Review available here.

Margaret Karns and Karen Mingst eds., International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2000).

Ronnie Lipschutz, Global Civil Society and Global Environmental Governance: The Politics of Nature from Place to Planet (Albany: SUNY Press, 1996).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Robert O’Brien, Anne Marie Goetz, Jan Aart Scholte, and Marc Williams, eds., Contesting Global Governance: Multilateral Economic Institutions and Global Social Movements (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Jon Pierre ed., Debating Governance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Volker Rittberger, ed., Global Governance and the United Nations System (New York: United Nations University Press, 2001)
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

James Rosenau and Ernst-Otto Czempiel, eds., Governance Without Government: Order and Change in World Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992).
Available with copyright restrictions on Google Books.

Glenda Sluga, Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).

Sarah S. Stroup, Borders among Activists: International NGOs in the United States, Britain, and France (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012).
H-Diplo review available here.

Thomas Weiss and Leon Gordenker, eds., NGOs, the UN, and Global Governance (Boulder: Westview, 1996).

Thomas Weiss, The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007).
Review available here.

Andrew Williams, Amelia Hadfield, J Simon Rofe, International Relations and International History (Routledge, 2012).



Proceedings of the Inaugural Symposium on the United Nations System in the Twenty-first Century, UNU Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan (November, 1995).
Available here.

Report of the Commission on Global Governance, “Our Global Neighborhood” (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995).
Available here.

Kenneth Abbott and Duncan Snidal, “Why States Act through Formal International Organizations,” The Journal of Conflict Resolution 42(1): 3-32.

Robert Axelrod and Robert O. Keohane. ‘‘Achieving Cooperation under Anarchy. Strategies and Institutions.’’ World Politics 38(1): 226–254.

Benedicte Bull, Morten Bøås, and Desmond McNeill,“Private Sector Influence in the Multilateral System: A Changing Structure of World Governance?” Global Governance 10(4): 481–498.

David Held, ‘‘Democracy: From City-states to a Cosmopolitan Order?’’ Political Studies 40(Special Issue: Prospects for Democracy, ed. David Held): 10–39.

Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks, “Unraveling the Central State, But How? Types of Multi-level Governance,” American Political Science Review 97(2): 233–243.

Kees van Kersbergen and Frans van Waarden, “Governance as a Bridge Between Disciplines,” European Journal of Political Research 43(2): 143–172.

Christoph Knill and Dirk Lehmkuhl, “Private Actors and the State: Internationalization and the Changing Patterns of Governance,” Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions 15(1): 41–63.

Elke Krahmann, “National, Regional, and Global Governance: One Phenomenon or Many?” Global Governance 9(3): 323–346.

Kal Rautistiala “Rethinking the Sovereignty Debate in International Economic Law,” Journal of International Economic Law 6(4): 841-878.
Available here.
Extremely useful paper that offers overview of major literature in global governance.

A. W. Rhodes, “The New Governance: Governing Without Government,” Political Studies 44(4): 652–667.

James Rosenau, “Governance in the Twenty-first Century,” Global Governance 1(1): 13-43.

Glenda Sluga, 'The Transformation of International Institutions: Global Shock as Cultural Shock' in N. Ferguson et. al. (eds.), The Shock of the Global: The International History of the 1970s (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010).

Glenda Sluga, 'Was the Twentieth Century the Great Age of Internationalism?", in M. Finnane & I Donaldson (eds),Taking Stock: The Humanities in Australia (UWA Publishing, 2012), pp. 189-215.

Johannes Stripple, “Climate Governance Beyond the State,” Global Governance 9(3): 385–399.

Thomas G. Weiss, “Governance, Good Governance and Global Governance: Conceptual and Actual Challenges,” Third World Quarterly 21(5): 795-814.


Barry Buzan and Richard Little, International System in World History: Remaking the Study of International Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Daniel W. Drezner, All Politics is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes (Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2007).

David Fidler, SARS, Governance and the Globalization of Disease (London: Palgrave, 2004).

Colin Hay, Michael Lister, and David Marsh, eds., The State: Theories and Issues (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
Review available here.

Akira Iriye, Global Community: The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002).
Review available here (after login).

Trudy Jacobsen, Charles Sampford, and Ramesh Thakur ed., Re-Envisioning Sovereignty: The End of Westphalia? (Burlington: Ashgate, 2008).
Available in full here.

Pascal Lamy, “Global Governance: Lessons from Europe,” (Speech given at Gunnar Myrdal Lecture, UN, Geneva, 2005).
Available in full here.

David MacKenzie, A World Beyond Borders: An Introduction to the History of International Organizations (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010).
Review available here.

Stefan Marschall, European Parliaments in Transnational Organizations: Parliamentary Cooperation beyond the European Union (paper prepared for the Conference “Fifty Years of Interparliamentary Cooperation,” Bundersat, Berlin, 13 June 2007).
Available in full here.

Roman Melnyk, Vatican diplomacy at the United Nations: a history of Catholic global engagement (New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009).

Craig Murphy, International Organization and Industrial Change: Global Governance since 1850 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994).

Bob Reinalda, Routledge History of International Organizations: from 1815 to the Present Day (New York: Routeledge 2009).
Review available here.

Bob Reinalda (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Non-State Actors (Farnham; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011).

Dimitris Stevis and Terry Boswell, Globalization and Labor: Democratizing Global Governance (Lanham: Rowan, 2008).

Jarle Trondal, Martin Marcussen, Torbjorn Larsson, Frode Veggeland, eds Unpacking International Organisations: the Dynamics of Compound Bureaucracies, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010).
Review available here.

Peter Willetts, The Conscience of the World: The Influence of Non-Governmental Organisations in the UN System (London: Hurst, 1996).



Steve Charnowitz, "Two Centuries of Participation: NGOs and International Governance," Michigan Journal of International Law 18.2 (1997), pp. 183-286.

Steve Charnowitz, "The Emergence of Democratic Participation in Global Governance," Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 10.1 (2003), pp. 45-77.

Klaus Dingwerth and Phillip Pattberg, “Global Governance as a Perspective on World Politics,” Global Governance 12 (2006): 185-203.

Stanley Hoffman, “Hedley Bull and his contributions to international relations,” International Affairs 62(2): 179-195.

Andrew Hurrell and Ngaire Woods, “Globalisation and Inequality,” Millennium Journal of International Studies 24(3): 447-470.

Kelley Lee and Richard Dodgson, “Globalization and Cholera: Implications for Global Governance,” Global Governance 6(2): 213.

Evan Luard, "Functionalism Revisited: The UN Family in the 1980s," International Affairs 59.4 (1983): 677-691.

Susan Pedersen, “Back to the League of Nations” American Historical Review 112(4): 1091-1117.

Kjell Skjelsbaek, "The Growth of Internatioanl Nongovernmental Organization in the Twentieth Century," International Organization 25.3 (1971), pp. 420-442.

Linda Weiss, “Globalization and the Myth of the Powerless State,” New Left Review 225 (1997): 3-27.


Working papers and articles examining UN policy and global policymaking.

Information portal

One World Trust is an independent charity that conducts research and develops policy recommendations to make global governance more accountable.

The Center for International Governance Innovation is a think tank on global governance that supports research and develops policy to generate multilateral governance improvements.

United Nations University – Comparative Regional Integration Studies (specializes in studying the processes ad consequences of regional integration and cooperation)
Working papers are particularly interesting for discerning trends in global governance and international thought.

United Nations Documentation: Research Guide
Basic research tools to access digitized UN documents.

Alphabetized Website Locator for all UN Agencies

UN Yearbooks
All UN yearbooks from the first in 1946/47 are available here online.

Summit of the Americas (OAS)
The Summits of the Americas is a series of international summit meetings bringing together the leaders of countries in North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.  The summits regularly publish reports on issues concerning Latin America.