The PIO team: Jonas Tallberg, Theresa Squatrito, Magnus Lundgren and Thomas Sommerer.
The PIO team: Jonas Tallberg, Theresa Squatrito, Magnus Lundgren and Thomas Sommerer.

Summary

Many problems confronting today’s societies are transnational in character, leading states to increasingly rely on international organizations (IOs) for policy solutions. Yet the performance of IOs varies extensively. While some IOs are highly successful in developing, adopting, and enforcing policy, others are less successful. How can we account for this mixed record in IO performance? Are there identifiable factors that make IOs work better or worse? While existing research points to a multitude of factors that are beyond the control of IOs themselves, this project explores when, how, and why the institutional design of IOs shapes their performance. The project adopts a mixed-method design, combining a statistical analysis of performance in a large number of IOs with in-depth case studies of select IOs. It spans IOs in multiple policy areas and world regions over the time period 1950 to 2010. The project promises three central contributions to research and policy. First, it will offer the most systematic and comprehensive analysis so far of how institutional design shapes the performance of IOs. Second, it will generate a unique dataset on the policy output of IOs of extensive value to the research community. Third, it will be policy relevant, by providing policy-makers with evidence on the effects of design choices that can help them to systematically improve global governance.

 PIO Project Description (65 Kb)

 

Project members

 
 

 

Magnus Lundgren

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magnus.lundgren@statsvet.su.se

 

Jonas Tallberg

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jonas.tallberg@statsvet.su.se

 

Thomas Sommerer

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thomas.sommerer@statsvet.su.se

 

Theresa Squatrito

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theresa.squatrito@jus.uio.no

 

International Advisory Board

  • Liesbet Hooghe, Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
  • Christoph Knill, Professor of Political Science, University of Konstanz.
  • Barbara Koremenos, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan.
  • Duncan Snidal, Professor of International Relations, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
  • Michael Zürn, Professor of Political Science and Research Director, Social Science Research Center Berlin.