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Part VII Structure and Operations, Ch.42 Financing and Budgets

Jacob Katz Cogan

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations

Edited By: Jacob Katz Cogan, Ian Hurd, Ian Johnstone

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 October 2021

Membership of international organizations — International organizations, practice and procedure — Resolutions of international organizations

International organizations require funds to operate, a basic and anodyne fact that has manifold and fundamental consequences. The means by which organizations are financed and the methods by which budgets are decided shape the character of the organization, its relations with and between its member states, and its policy outcomes. Consequently, formal and informal decisions and practices concerning the design of financing mechanisms and the allocation of budgets necessarily entail constitutive choices about an organization's operation and its forms of governance. This chapter describes the means by which organizations acquire resources and the methods they use to decide on expenditures. In so doing, it also considers the implications for organizations of those chosen means and methods.

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