Accountability in Global Governance: Pluralist Accountability in Global Governance

ISBN : 9780198861249

Gisela Hirschmann
288 ページ
153 x 234 mm

How can international organizations (IOs) like the United Nations (UN) and their implementing partners be held accountable if their actions and policies violate fundamental human rights? This book provides a new conceptual framework to study pluralist accountability, whereby third parties hold IOs and their implementing partners accountable for human rights violations.

Based on a rich study of UN-mandated operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo, the EU Troika's austerity policy, and Global Public-Private Health Partnerships in India, this book analyzes how competition and human rights vulnerability shape the evolution of pluralist accountability in response to diverse human rights violations, such as human trafficking, the violation of the rights of detainees, economic rights, and the right to consent in clinical trials. While highlighting the importance of alternative accountability mechanisms for legitimacy of IOs, this book also argues that pluralist accountability should not be regarded as a panacea for IOs' legitimacy problems, as it is often less legalized and might cause multiple accountability disorder.


1 Introduction: Human Rights Accountability in Complex Global Governance
2 Pluralist Accountability: A Theoretical Framework
3 'We Cannot Rule Out That Torture Is Going On': Accountability Regarding the Rights of Detainees in Afghanistan
4 Human Trafficking and the Violation of the Rights of Detainees: The Accountability of International Peacekeepers in Bosnia
5 Bringing Peace, but Violating Human Rights: The Evolution and Limits of Pluralist Accountability in Kosovo
6 Pluralist Accountability in Times of Economic Crisis: The Troika Austerity Measures and Their Effect on Human Rights in Greece, Ireland, and Portugal
7 Pluralist Accountability in Global Health Governance: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Immunization and Vaccine Development
8 Conclusion: Pluralist Accountability and Legitimacy


Gisela Hirschmann is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University. She has published in numerous scholarly journals including
Review of International Studies. Her research interests focus on international organisations, institutional change, human rights and peace operations, including, most recently, the effects of arts-based peacebuilding.