Institutional Roadblocks to Human Rights Mainstreaming in the FAO

A Tale of Silo Culture in the United Nations System

  • Carolin Anthes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Carolin Anthes
    Pages 1-22
  3. Carolin Anthes
    Pages 23-45
  4. Carolin Anthes
    Pages 279-301
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 303-337

About this book


Carolin Anthes investigates how and why the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) struggles with systematically integrating a right to food approach in its operations. She analyzes multi-dimensional institutional roadblocks that prevent human rights from being fully mainstreamed. These barriers are shaped by a powerful state of fragmentation and disconnection: a silo culture. The book also offers valuable insights which go beyond the FAO and suggests a fairly unconventional avenue for systemic organizational change in (international) public administrations.

  • Opening up and zooming in: The case of the FAO
  • Methodological toolbox: Grounded theory, multi-sited ethnography, and discourse analysis
  • Institutional roadblocks to mainstreaming the right to food in the FAO
  • Nesting the analytical results within relevant academic debates
  • Towards awareness-based systemic change in IOs

Target Groups
  • Teachers and students of international relations, international organization, public administration, human rights, organizational sociology, management and leadership studies
  • Practitioners in international cooperation, especially the United Nations, public administrations, and human rights and development NGOs

The Author
Dr. Carolin Anthes is an associate fellow at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. She previously served as a consultant in the FAO Right to Food Team in Rome and also advised the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).


Vereinte Nationen UN Recht auf Nahrung right to food food security Food and Agriculture Organization Organisationskultur organizational culture Bürokratie bureaucracy international public administration Silo mentality

Authors and affiliations

  • Carolin Anthes
    • 1
  1. 1.Frankfurt/MainGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-27758-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-27759-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-3544
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-3552
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