Division of Labor and Rule-based Decisionmaking Within the UN Security Council : The Al-Qaeda/Taliban Sanctions Regime

Faculty/Professorship: International Relations  
Author(s): Gehring, Thomas  ; Dörfler, Thomas
Title of the Journal: Global Governance : A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations
ISSN: 1075-2846
Publisher Information: Boulder, Colo. : Rienner
Year of publication: 2013
Volume: 19
Issue: 4
Pages: 567-587
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1163/19426720-01904006
URL: https://brill.com/view/journals/gg/19/4/article...
Decisionmaking within the Security Council increasingly involves delegation to subsidiary bodies. Drawing on modern institutional theory, this article examines the effects of the emergent system of divided labor within the al-Qaeda/Taliban sanctions regime. The article first looks at the political economy of the process of listing individuals and private entities as sanctions targets. Second, it explores the distinct functions performed by the bodies of the sanctions regime; namely, the Security Council, the AQT Sanctions Committee, the Office of the Ombudsperson, and an expert body. Third, it analyzes the resulting incentive structures in three successive stages of regime development. The article concludes that the sanctions regime constitutes a surprisingly well-advanced model of how to commit even powerful states to rule-based governance without depriving them of their capability to adopt political decisions.
Keywords: Security Council, sanctions committee, targeted sanctions, smart sanctions, functional differentiation
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/6339
Year of publication: 22. July 2014
Project: The United Nations Security Council from an Organizational Perspective