McNeill, Desmond (2007). "The Role of Ethical Ideas in the Multilateral System: the case of UNDP, the World Bank and UNESCO" Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of the HDCA, 18-20 September 2007, New York, USA.

This paper draws on recent empirical research undertaken as part of an ongoing study being undertaken by McNeill and Lera St. Clair. I outline an emerging analytical framework which we are seeking to develop, and present three case studies – one each from UNDP, the World Bank and UNESCO – where the organisation concerned is seeking to influence global ideas. These relate, respectively, to the UNDP’s Human Development Reports (and more specifically the concept of human development), the World Bank’s Human Development 2006 on ‘Equity and Development’, and UNESCO’s ‘Poverty as a Violation of Human Rights’ Initiative.