chapter  4
Data and analyses of voting in the United Nations General Assembly
ByErik Voeten
Pages 13

Voting in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has attracted scholarly attention right from the United Nations’ (UN) inception. Renowned scholars such as Hayward Alker, Robert Keohane, Arend Lijphart, John Mueller, and Bruce Russett made their early marks with analyses of UN voting. These early studies viewed the UNGA as an arena in which broader patterns of behavior in world politics could be observed. Inspired by the behavioral revolution and methodological advances in the study of roll-call voting, these studies sought to identify voting blocs and dimensions of contestation in world politics.