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Language as a feature of representative bureaucracy in regional and international organizations?


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In a new article in the journal International Review of Administrative Sciences professor Zuzana Murdoch with collegues Magali Gravier and Stefan Gänzle look at how the criteria of langauge as a feature of representative bureaucracy is studied. Organizations tend to overlook the role and impact of languages on their functioning, often considering them as a technicality.

In their article they use the international organization «Economic Community of West African States» to explore how language is represented. They pursure a twofold objective: first, it extends the applicability of representative bureaucracy theory to the issue of language; and, second, it broadens the scope of representative bureaucracy studies by providing the first study on a prominent West African regional organization. In doing so they develop avenues for future research on other regional and international organizations.

You can read the article HERE.