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A Theory of International Organization

Liesbet Hooghe, Tobias Lenz, and Gary Marks

Abstract

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 por ... More

Keywords: international organization, IO, delegation, pooling, politicization, multilevel governance, postfunctionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198766988
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198766988.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Liesbet Hooghe, author
W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Robert Schuman Fellow, UNC-Chapel Hill and European University Institute, Florence

Tobias Lenz, author
Assistant Professor of Global Governance and Comparative Regionalism, University of Goettingen, and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg

Gary Marks, author
Burton Craige Professor of Political Science and Robert Schuman Fellow, UNC-Chapel Hill and European University Institute, Florence