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International bureaucrats in the UN Security Council debates : A speaker-topic network analysis

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Eckhard, Steffen ; Patz, Ronny ; Schönfeld, Mirco ; van Meegdenburg, Hilde:
International bureaucrats in the UN Security Council debates : A speaker-topic network analysis.
In: Journal of European Public Policy. (2021) . - 20 S..
ISSN 1466-4429
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2021.1998194

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Intergovernmental deliberations in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) are typically considered the realm of sovereign nation states. We challenge this position by studying the role of the UN Secretariat in UNSC debates, focusing on the debates on Afghanistan (1995–2017). We combine natural language processing with a network theoretical perspective to observe speaker position, topic introduction, and topic evolution and we complement this analysis with an illustrative case study. The quantitative analysis shows that UN officials take an overall impartial position but that they do, at times, introduce and promote their own topics putting them in the position to shape the debate. The qualitative case study selects one ‘bureaucratic topic’ to confirm bureaucratic agency. Combined, our methods allow to study the role of speakers in a debate and show that the UN bureaucracy acted as an autonomous speechmaker even in a venue were bureaucratic agency seems unlikely – the UNSC.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Natural language processing; Speaker-topic network; Topic modelling; International public administration; Afghanistan
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Juniorprofessur Datenmodellierung und interdisziplinäre Wissensgenerierung
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Juniorprofessur Datenmodellierung und interdisziplinäre Wissensgenerierung > Juniorprofessur Datenmodellierung und interdisziplinäre Wissensgenerierung - Juniorprof. Dr. Mirco Schönfeld
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2021 10:54
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 10:54
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/67781