The Other State Department: the United States Mission to the United Nations: Its Role in the Making of Foreign Policy

The Other State Department: the United States Mission to the United Nations: Its Role in the Making of Foreign Policy

The Other State Department: the United States Mission to the United Nations: Its Role in the Making of Foreign Policy

The Other State Department: the United States Mission to the United Nations: Its Role in the Making of Foreign Policy

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Lincoln Bloomfield has written:

Students of international organization, like students of domestic government, usually focus their attention on problems of formal organizational structure and arrangements and quite often neglect the sub-stratum of informal operations and relationships. The study of public administration, in its quest for greater depth of perception, has in recent years gained rich insights through analysis of the informal and human aspects of policy-making. But international organization, still a parvenu from the American standpoint, has scarcely felt the scalpel of this particular form of dissection.

Although this statement is not so applicable today as when it was made in 1958, it is still true that little has been reported about the actual operations of USUN, its living system, its subsystem, its assorted roles, its boundaries. Let me first define these analytic phrases. "The living system represents how things are, not merely how they are supposed to be," writes Chris Argyris. David Easton has suggested that subsystems abstract "from the . . .

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