A Representative Bureuacracy Perspective on Workforce Composition in International Organizations: The Case of the United Nations Secretariat

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Title
A Representative Bureuacracy Perspective on Workforce Composition in International Organizations: The Case of the United Nations Secretariat
Journal
Public administration
Author(s)
Badache Fanny
ISSN
1467-9299
Publication state
Published
Issued date
21/06/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
98
Number
2
Pages
392-407
Language
english
Abstract
This article provides a representative bureaucracy perspective on staff composition in international organizations. Contrary to previous studies in international relations, I argue that staff composition is not only driven by power but international organizations are also concerned with bureaucratic representation. Therefore, I examine one potential barrier and one driver to passive representation namely the available local labor pool and political representation. The empirical analysis is based on an original database of human resources statistics in the United Nations Secretariat which allows for a differentiation between staff categories. The resulting regression analyses suggest that headquarters locations, political representation, and diplomacy are the main determinants of member states’ representation, but these determinants vary in strength depending on the staff categories. This article contributes to the study of staff composition in IOs by examining additional determinants and to the recent discussions on representative bureaucracy at the international level.
Keywords
international civil service, nationality, united nations, representative bureaucracy, international secretariat
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