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DVPW Congress 2021: DoE11 | International Organizations in Comparison

Sep 16, 2021 | 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM

While the typologization and comparison of political systems with regard to states had become an established part of political science early on, international organizations (IOs) have long been analyzed primarily in individual case studies. Given the more than 400 IOs that states have created since the end of World War II, it is surprising that the systematic comparison of IOs has only recently become the subject of political science.   Distinctions between regional and global IOs, between program and operational IOs, and between mission-specific and cross-purpose IOs, have been complemented by recent work on the institutional design of IOs.  This not only shows that IOs vary in the extent to which they are legalized, differ in terms of the endowment of their own authority, involve transnational actors to varying degrees, or seek to promote deliberation among state actors to varying degrees. These recent studies also seek to explain the observed variance and/or discuss possible implications, for example, for the effectiveness and legitimacy of governance beyond the nation-state.  Following on from this and similar research, the panel "International Organizations in Comparison" would like to explore the following research questions and invites submissions of relevant papers:

  1. How do IOs differ in terms of their effectiveness and how can observed differences in performance be explained?
  2. How do IOs cope with increasing pressures to reform and what strategies are particularly promising to address them?
  3. What are the forms of resolution of deficit IOs and why do IOs differ in this respect, and what implications does this have for global governance?

Organized by: Prof. Dr. Thomas Sommerer (Universität Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Diana Panke (Universität Freiburg)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Thomas Sommerer (Uni Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Diana Panke (Uni Freiburg) Discussant: Prof. Dr. Thomas Sommerer (Uni Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Diana Panke (Universität Freiburg)


Discovering Cooperation: A Theory of Endogenous Institutional Change in International Organizations

Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz (Leuphana University Lüneburg), Dr. Besir Ceka (Davidson College), Prof. Dr. Liesbet Hooghe (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Prof. Dr. Gary Marks (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

International Authority and Institutionalized Inequalities

Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn (WZB Berlin), Dr. Alexandros Tokhi (WZB Berlin)

International Organizations as Blame Avoiders: WHO is Made Responsible in Global Health Crises?

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Zangl (LMU München), Tim Heinkelmann-Wild(LMU München)

Shifting Centers of Gravity in Global Health - International Organizations' Positioning and its Effects on IO Identities, Issues and the Field of Global Health

Prof. Dr. Anna Holzscheiter (Technische Universität Dresden), Thurid Bahr (Freie Universität Berlin), Dr. Laura Pantzerhielm (Technische Universität Dresden), Dr. Martin Grandjean (Université de Lausanne)

The event is part of the 28th Scientific Congress of the DVPW on the topic "We have the choice! Politics in times of insecurity and autocratisation" taking place digitally. #dvpw2021. Read the full programme.

Time & Location

Sep 16, 2021 | 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM