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1982-0240 (Online)
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Vol. 40, N° 1, Jan/Apr, 2018

Informal Reform of the United Nations Security Council

Mariana Pimenta Oliveira Baccarini


This article analyses attempts to reform the United Nations Security Council from a historical-institutional perspective. It argues that the possibilities for reform have suffered from a ‘lock-in’ effect that has rendered the UN resistant to change. On the other hand, the UN decision-making process has evolved since its establishment, especially since the end of the Cold War, in response to new power aspirations, making it more representative and legitimate. The Security Council has also undergone continuous informal reform that has allowed it to adapt to new times.

Keywords: Decision-making process; informal change; informal institutions; institutional reform; UN General Assembly, UN Security Council.

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