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Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series: A Theory of International Organization

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  • Wed 29 Jan 2020 16.30 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-01-29 16:30 2020-01-29 18:00 Europe/Paris Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series: A Theory of International Organization

Why do international organisations (IOs) look so different, yet so similar? The possibilities are diverse. Some international organisations have just a few member states, while others span the globe. Some are targeted at a specific problem, while others have policy portfolios as broad as national states. Some are captured almost entirely by their member states, while others have independent courts, secretariats, and parliaments. Variation among international organisations appears as wide as that among states.

A new book by Liesbet Hooghe, Tobias Lenz and Gary Marks explains this variation, both across IOs and within IOs over time. It shows how each IO is an attempt to balance two forces in tension: the functional impetus to tackle problems that spill beyond national borders through joint decision-making, and the communal desire for self-rule, which can dampen international cooperation where transnational community is thin. The implications of postfunctionalist theory for an IO’s membership, policy portfolio, contractual specificity, and authoritative competences are tested using annual data for 76 IOs for 1950-2010.

Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks are Visiting Fellows at the Schuman Centre. Tobias Lenz is Assistant Professor of Global Governance and Comparative Regionalism at the Department of Political Science at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Chair: Philipp Genschel

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  Sala Triaria - Villa Schifanoia

Why do international organisations (IOs) look so different, yet so similar? The possibilities are diverse. Some international organisations have just a few member states, while others span the globe. Some are targeted at a specific problem, while others have policy portfolios as broad as national states. Some are captured almost entirely by their member states, while others have independent courts, secretariats, and parliaments. Variation among international organisations appears as wide as that among states.

A new book by Liesbet Hooghe, Tobias Lenz and Gary Marks explains this variation, both across IOs and within IOs over time. It shows how each IO is an attempt to balance two forces in tension: the functional impetus to tackle problems that spill beyond national borders through joint decision-making, and the communal desire for self-rule, which can dampen international cooperation where transnational community is thin. The implications of postfunctionalist theory for an IO’s membership, policy portfolio, contractual specificity, and authoritative competences are tested using annual data for 76 IOs for 1950-2010.

Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks are Visiting Fellows at the Schuman Centre. Tobias Lenz is Assistant Professor of Global Governance and Comparative Regionalism at the Department of Political Science at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Chair: Philipp Genschel


Location:
Sala Triaria - Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Seminar series

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