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Public opinion on institutional designs for the United Nations: an international survey experiment

Ghassim, Farsan, Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias ORCID: 0000-0003-4637-9477 and Cabrera, Luis (2021) Public opinion on institutional designs for the United Nations: an international survey experiment. International Studies Quarterly. ISSN 1468-2478 (In Press)

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Scholars and policy makers have intensely debated institutional reforms of the United Nations since its creation. Yet, relatively little attention has been given to institutional design preferences among the public in UN member states. This study examines two questions: Which possible configurations of UN authority and representation do citizens prefer? And which personal and country characteristics are associated with their varying institutional preferences? A population-based conjoint survey experiment conducted in Argentina, China, India, Russia, Spain, and the United States is used to identify public preferences on nine distinct institutional design dimensions figuring prominently in UN reform debates. We find widespread support for increasing or at least maintaining UN authority over member states, and for handing control over its decision-making to UN organs that would represent the citizens of every member state more directly. Citizens’ institutional preferences are associated with their political values and vary depending on whether their home countries would gain or lose influence from a specific reform.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2022 17:00
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 11:24

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