Sovereign nations share the international system with a host of non-state
transnational actors. Some of these entities have been created by states
themselves, often as a result of the need to jointly solve a common
problem, such as the United Nations. Other international entities
are created when members of a society organize across traditional
national boundaries to deal with a collective concern, such as Amnesty
International or Oxfam. To understand and explain contemporary world
politics we need to consider these institutions, as key actors influencing
issues of war and peace.
Although transnational actors are not new on the world stage, the number
and type of these international entities expanded dramatically after
World War II. This set examines both the rise of these new transnational
actors and their effect on international politics and policies.
Volume One: Causes - Why Do International Institutions Exist?
Volume Two: Consequences - When, Where and Why International
Institutions are Effective
Volume Three: Types of Institutions - Security and Economic
Volume Four: Types of Institutions - Environment, Human Rights,
International Courts, Multilateralism, Regionalism
Richard Steinberg is Professor of Economics, Philanthropic Studies, and Public Affairs at IUPUI. He coedited The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook, 2nd Ed., coauthored Economics for Nonprofit Mangers, and was Co-President of ARNOVA from 1992-1994. His research focuses on determinants of giving and volunteering, the theory of nonprofit organizations, public policy, and nonprofit managerial economics.