Julian Junk, Francesco Mancini, Wolfgang Seibel, and Till Blume, eds., The Management of UN Peacekeeping: Coordination, Learning, and Leadership in Peace Operations (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2017).

This volume addresses an understudied aspect of peacekeeping operations: management. With over 100,000 civilians and uniformed personnel working on a widening array of tasks in conflicts that are ever more challenging and complex, the need for effective management cannot be understated. In response, the volume focuses on the analysis of three interrelated components of management – coordination, learning, and leadership – which also correspond to fundamental challenges in peace operations.

Bringing together scholars of organization theory and public administration with practitioners of peacekeeping operations, the contributions highlight the value added that organization and public administration theories bring to the enhancement of UN peacekeeping. At the same time, the book sheds light on the limits imposed on effective management by the politicization of international organizations, challenging the assumption of organizational ideal types and emphasizing the importance of transformative leadership, creative coping, and second-best solutions.

About the Editors
Julian Junk is research fellow at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and the Goethe University of Frankfurt.

Francesco Mancini is assistant dean and visiting associate professor at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Wolfgang Seibel is professor of politics and public administration at the University of Konstanz.

Till Blume serves on the staff of the German Federal Foreign Office.