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"My way or the highway"? - A study of cooperation within the United Nations Security Council

Savonius, Ursula LU (2013) STVK02 20131
Department of Political Science
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
In this thesis I studied how the level of cooperation has changed in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) since the Cold War, as the international arena went from being a bipolar power structure to a unipolar one. My perspective on cooperation was based on the theory of realism. In order to answer these questions I analyzed veto usage and the resolutions as indicators of cooperation. Veto usage was studied through a descriptive method while the resolutions were analyzed based upon word-count, a quantitative text-analysis method. The method was applied on all adopted resolutions in 1983 and in 2010.

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In this thesis I studied how the level of cooperation has changed in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) since the Cold War, as the international arena went from being a bipolar power structure to a unipolar one. My perspective on cooperation was based on the theory of realism. In order to answer these questions I analyzed veto usage and the resolutions as indicators of cooperation. Veto usage was studied through a descriptive method while the resolutions were analyzed based upon word-count, a quantitative text-analysis method. The method was applied on all adopted resolutions in 1983 and in 2010.

It was clear from the result that the cooperation level in the UNSC had increased since the Cold War, though the resolutions have to be studied more in order to draw further conclusions. Further research should be conducted in order to develop a better understanding of resolutions as an indicator of cooperation and negotiation within the UNSC.

Key words: United Nations Security Council, Resolutions, Cooperation

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Savonius, Ursula LU
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STVK02 20131
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English
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3798457
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  abstract     = {In this thesis I studied how the level of cooperation has changed in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) since the Cold War, as the international arena went from being a bipolar power structure to a unipolar one. My perspective on cooperation was based on the theory of realism. In order to answer these questions I analyzed veto usage and the resolutions as indicators of cooperation. Veto usage was studied through a descriptive method while the resolutions were analyzed based upon word-count, a quantitative text-analysis method. The method was applied on all adopted resolutions in 1983 and in 2010. 

It was clear from the result that the cooperation level in the UNSC had increased since the Cold War, though the resolutions have to be studied more in order to draw further conclusions. Further research should be conducted in order to develop a better understanding of resolutions as an indicator of cooperation and negotiation within the UNSC. 

Key words: United Nations Security Council, Resolutions, Cooperation 

Words: 8669},
  author       = {Savonius, Ursula},
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"My way or the highway"? - A study of cooperation within the United Nations Security Council},
  year         = {2013},
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