Where are the People? The United Nations, Global Economic Institutions and Governance

  • Smitu Kothari


The last few years have witnessed a growing worldwide scepticism of the role of the United Nations and its ability to address at all effectively the fundamental social and economic problems of our time, confronted as it is by a changing world order, the continuing dominance of the national/international security paradigm and the greater emphasis on primarily humanitarian, firefighting concerns. Nationally and globally, institutions, notably the UN system, that had been created to ensure progress in the realization of justice and ‘order’ appear to be in crisis. The UN’s founding conception was itself based on the disparity between powers and an in-built hierarchy of states — the Big Powers and the rest — most strikingly evident in the principal organ of the UN, namely the Security Council. In the post-1945, post-colonial phase, at the very time when political independence and national liberation movements promised great strides towards equality and justice, the superstructure was based on inequality and disparity.


Civil Society World Trade Organization Security Council Global Governance Transnational Corporation 
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