6.6.6 Global Political Institutions

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Following the Second World War, in order to prevent further similar occurrences, countries decided to abide by a system of international law (5.3.6), administered by the United Nations (UN) organisation.  The UN is primarily a political institution and its scope stretches beyond its legal role.  It is the prime mechanism whereby countries cooperate for their own benefit.

The following sub-sections briefly examine the UN (, the problems in the way in which it operates (, and some other global institutions that have political power (



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