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Alexandra Zeitz (MWP) gives a talk on Cascading Noncompliance: Explaining How International Cooperation Breaks Down, in the Political Economy Working Group

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  • Thu 23 Apr 2020 16.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-04-23 16:00 2020-04-23 18:00 Europe/Paris Alexandra Zeitz (MWP) gives a talk on Cascading Noncompliance: Explaining How International Cooperation Breaks Down, in the Political Economy Working Group

POLITICAL ECONOMY WORKING GROUP

Abstract:

How do informal regimes break down? Recent research has begun to examine how and why formal institutions decline and die. We instead focus on the process of compliance breakdown in informal regimes. We argue that the emergence of competitive challengers outside the regime can kick off a dynamic process whereby the incentive to defect from the regime becomes contagious. Deviation from the regime subsequently spreads throughout the membership, a process we call cascading noncompliance. We empirically investigate this phenomenon in the context of the international regime for export finance, where China has become an important outsider placing competitive pressure on the regime. We demonstrate that the earliest defectors from the regime are those most exposed to Chinese trade competition. More importantly, we demonstrate that members’ subsequent divergence from the regime is driven by responses to those initial noncompliers from within the regime’s membership. 

Alexandra Zeitz is a 2019-2020 Max Weber Fellow. She is political scientist specializing in international political economy, focusing particularly on developing countries’ position within the international financial system. Her work examines the politics of developing countries' access to external finance, the global spread of financial regulation, and the relationship between migration and international finance. Her research has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Organisations, and the Journal of Financial Regulation. Alexandra completed her DPhil (PhD) in International Relations at the University of Oxford in 2019. She holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a B.A. (Hons) in Politics, Psychology, and Sociology from the University of Cambridge.

 This paper is co-authored with Jonas B. Bunte, Associate Professor of Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Geoffrey Gertz, a fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution and a research associate at the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford.

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POLITICAL ECONOMY WORKING GROUP

Abstract:

How do informal regimes break down? Recent research has begun to examine how and why formal institutions decline and die. We instead focus on the process of compliance breakdown in informal regimes. We argue that the emergence of competitive challengers outside the regime can kick off a dynamic process whereby the incentive to defect from the regime becomes contagious. Deviation from the regime subsequently spreads throughout the membership, a process we call cascading noncompliance. We empirically investigate this phenomenon in the context of the international regime for export finance, where China has become an important outsider placing competitive pressure on the regime. We demonstrate that the earliest defectors from the regime are those most exposed to Chinese trade competition. More importantly, we demonstrate that members’ subsequent divergence from the regime is driven by responses to those initial noncompliers from within the regime’s membership. 

Alexandra Zeitz is a 2019-2020 Max Weber Fellow. She is political scientist specializing in international political economy, focusing particularly on developing countries’ position within the international financial system. Her work examines the politics of developing countries' access to external finance, the global spread of financial regulation, and the relationship between migration and international finance. Her research has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Organisations, and the Journal of Financial Regulation. Alexandra completed her DPhil (PhD) in International Relations at the University of Oxford in 2019. She holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a B.A. (Hons) in Politics, Psychology, and Sociology from the University of Cambridge.

 This paper is co-authored with Jonas B. Bunte, Associate Professor of Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Geoffrey Gertz, a fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution and a research associate at the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford.


Location:
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Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Contact:
Jennifer Rose Dari (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Dorothee Bohle (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Jasper Paul Simons (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Timo Seidl (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Speaker:
Alexandra Zeitz (Max Weber Fellow - EUI)

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