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Politics In The United Nations System
Politics In The United Nations System
Edited by Lawrence S. Finkelstein
Duke University Press, 1988, 503 pp.

Professor Finkelstein and his colleagues look at all the actors involved in the U.N. and its operations-not only member states but also international bodies, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, high U.N. officials and others-all those attempting to protect their interests, gain influence and prestige, or serve their cause by playing the game of politics in U.N. forums and activities. As to where, after 40 years, the U.N. and its specialized agencies stand in respect of their structure and functions, their usefulness and their limitations, one cannot find a better and more professional review. The authors avoid overvaluation of the place of the U.N. in world politics and also the often popular extreme of dismissal and disdain.