International Organizations as a Profession: Professional Mobility and Power Distribution

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The role of international organizations grows with the acceleration of globalization and the increasing importance of global governance. However, thus far, only limited and rather narrow research has been generated on the subject. It is a state of affairs that reflects on international studies, as well as on the power realities of the world. By assessing international organizations through the career prospects that they offer to skilled professionals, this chapter is an attempt to remedy this situation. As such it unveils some of the internal dynamics of international organizations and explores their external consequences in terms of the relations between international organizations, the people employed by these, and the power play (economic, social, political, and even cultural) at the national and international level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe International Mobility of Talent
Subtitle of host publicationTypes, Causes, and Development Impact
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191714627
ISBN (Print)9780199532605
StatePublished - May 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


  • Career prospects
  • Human resources
  • International elites
  • International organizations
  • Power
  • Power realities
  • Professional attraction


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