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Delegation and Agency in International Organizations - Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions (Hardback)
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Delegation and Agency in International Organizations - Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions (Hardback)

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Hardback 428 Pages / Published: 14/09/2006
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Why do states delegate certain tasks and responsibilities to international organizations rather than acting unilaterally or cooperating directly? Furthermore, to what extent do states continue to control IOs once authority has been delegated? Examining a variety of different institutions including the World Trade Organization, the United Nations and the European Commission, this book explores the different methods that states employ to ensure their interests are being served, and identifies the problems involved with monitoring and managing IOs. The contributors suggest that it is not inherently more difficult to design effective delegation mechanisms at international level than at domestic level and, drawing on principal-agent theory, help explain the variations that exist in the extent to which states are willing to delegate to IOs. They argue that IOs are neither all evil nor all virtuous, but are better understood as bureaucracies that can be controlled to varying degrees by their political masters.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521862097
Number of pages: 428
Weight: 800 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 27 mm


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' ... provides a stimulating contribution to the analysis of international organization ...' Review of Industrial Organization
'Delegation and Agency in International Organization develops a sophisticated Principal-Agent approach to elucidate the sources, limits and consequences of IO autonomy. The volume is unified by thoughtful application of the theory to a range of important cases and also includes more critical perspectives questioning whether PA theory provides an adequate analysis. There is no better statement of how PA models help us understand the importance and operation of international institutions and organizations. It is essential reading for scholars and students who want to really understand international organizations.' Duncan Snidal, The University of Chicago

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