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The United Nations has been riddled with controversy ever since its creation. The global, peace-keeping organization is said to fail in reflecting the distribution of power in the global arena. Joseph Schwartzberg argues that the power allocation in the Security Council is unfair, outdated, and is no longer suited to the needs of the member countries and the world as a whole. The culmination of all these issues has caused nations to be unwilling to give the United Nations the authority, resources, and power that it needs to effectively operate.
Schwartzberg grounds this book in the idea that the way decision-making systems are designed impacts their legitimacy and ability to be effective institutions. He proposes numerous changes to the system, based upon weighted voting formulas that attempt to balance the needs of the diverse interests in U.N. agencies. Instead of nations being the primary voices, they would be replaced by regions, non-governmental organizations, and private/ordinary citizens. The author argues that his proposed system would promote gender equality and meritocracy.
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