Reform of the United Nations Security Council: Equity and Efficiency
37 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2014
Date Written: May 24, 2014
Twenty years of negotiations over reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) are yet to bear fruit. We use recent advances in the theory of a-priori voting power to present a formal quantitative appraisal of the "structural reforms" contained within eleven current reform proposals, and the separate effect of expansion of the UNSC membership. Only two reform proposals – the EU acting as a single entity, or a weakening of the veto power for permanent members – robustly dominate the status quo against our measures of equity and efficiency. Several proposals may actually worsen the issues they ostensibly claim to resolve.
Keywords: United Nations, United Nations Security Council, United Nations Security Council reform, equity, efficiency, voting power, square-root rule
JEL Classification: D72, D71, C71, C63
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