The Quest for Power in the UNSC

The Campaigns and Selection of Non-permanent Members


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The elections of nonpermanent members to the Security Council have become an increasingly competitive political and diplomatic game. Why do states assign to the lengthy, expensive, and difficult commitment that a Security Council candidature entails? What do they want to achieve and why are some states more successful in their endevour? This book establishes that the electoral results over time contribute to a stratified order between states and associate a term in the Council with multiple power enhancing benefits. It explores, especially, the significance of the campaigns carried out by competing candidates for the outcome of the UNSC elections.

Contributors are: Anna María Eggertsdóttir, Jóna Sólveig Elínardóttir, Fredrik Dybfest Hjorthen, Touko Piiparinen, Tarja Seppä, Anni Tervo and Baldur Thorhallsson

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Ann-Marie Ekengren, Ph.D (1999), University of Gothenburg, is a Professor in Political Studies. She has published several monographs and articles on foreign policy decision-making, including The Mediatization of Foreign Policy, Political Decisionmaking and Humanitarian Intervention (Palgrave, 2017).

Ulrika Möller, Ph.D (2007), University of Gothenburg, is an Associate Professor in Political Studies. Her research interests include Security Council candidatures and memberships, Nordic state’s foreign- and security policy, and multilateral diplomacy for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

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1 The Candidates for a Nonpermanent Seat in the Security Council: Who, Why and How?
  Ann-Marie Ekengren and Ulrika Möller

2 Competing for an Elected Seat on the Security Council: Who, Why and How?
  Ann-Marie Ekengren and Ulrika Möller

3 Candidatures and Terms: Detecting Winner and Losers
  Ulrika Möller and Ann-Marie Ekengren   

4 Why do States want a Seat on the unsc ? Expectations between Different Types of States
  Ann-Marie Ekengren, Fredrik D. Hjorthen and Ulrika Möller

5 Candidature Decisions: Six In-depth Examinations
  Ann-Marie Ekengren, Ulrika Möller, Touko Piiparinen, Tarja Seppä, Anni Tervo, Baldur Thorhallsson, Jóna Sólveig Elínardóttir and Anna M. Eggertsdóttir

6 Competing Small Powers: Austria versus Iceland on the unsc
  Baldur Thorhallsson, Jóna Sólveig Elínardóttir and Anna M. Eggertsdóttir

7 Greater than Its Size? Comparing Finland’s and Luxembourg’s Campaigns to the Security Council
  Touko Piiparinen, Tarja Seppä and Anni Tervo

8 Election 2016: Sweden and the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  Ann-Marie Ekengren and Ulrika Möller

9 Results, Conclusions, and Reflections
  Ann-Marie Ekengren and Ulrika Möller

Scholars interested in the United Nations, international organizations, and foreign policy making and international campaigning will find this book valuable. Decision-makers, diplomats and public officials may also find it very useful, since it offers advice on how to formulate a winning international campaign.
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