Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Hooghe, Lenz, & Marks: A Theory of International Organization

Liesbet Hooghe (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Political Science), Tobias Lenz (Univ. of Goettingen), & Gary Marks (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Political Science) have published A Theory of International Organization (Oxford Univ. Press 2019). Here's the abstract:
Why do international organizations (IOs) look so different, yet so similar? The possibilities are diverse. Some international organizations 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 run almost entirely by their member states, while others have independent courts, secretariats, and parliaments. Variation among international organizations appears as wide as that among states. This book explains the design and development of international organization in the postwar period. It theorizes that the basic set up of an IO responds to two forces: the functional impetus to tackle problems that spill beyond national borders and a desire for self-rule that can dampen cooperation where transnational community is thin. The book reveals both the causal power of functionalist pressures and the extent to which nationalism constrains the willingness of member states to engage in incomplete contracting. 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.