In recent years, International Organizations have undergone substantive reforms in terms of their administrative structures and management. This development has so far not been subject to systematic or comparative investigations. With Management Reforms in International Organizations Michael W. Bauer and Christoph Knill present a first attempt to open this black box. How can we explain the speed, acceptance and scope of management reforms in International Organizations? How important are Secretary Generals and member states? Do International Organizations, often considered as crucial diffusion agents for public management reforms, actually live up to the standards they are promoting? Do management reforms have unintended consequences with regard to the policy output?
The book delivers a comprehensive analysis of management reforms in a broad range of different International Organizations. Leading scholars in the field analyze the respective reform processes inter alia in the European Commission, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the World Bank, the OECD, the European Central Bank, the European Parliament and the United Nations.