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No Leverage Without Authority? Comparing the Effectiveness of International Organizations Across GLOBE Issue Areas

Coen, D; Kreienkamp, J; Pegram, T; Tokhi, A; (2021) No Leverage Without Authority? Comparing the Effectiveness of International Organizations Across GLOBE Issue Areas. Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios (GLOBE) Green open access

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Abstract

Do International Organizations (IOs) actually help address global problems? This question is of major concern for global governance scholars and policymakers, yet few existing studies review issues of effectiveness across a range of different issue areas. This report generates comparative insights on IO performance across all the domains included in the GLOBE project, namely climate change, development, finance, investment, migration, security, and trade. Based on a detailed GLOBE expert survey, we consider how key IOs in these issue areas perform across three different measures of effectiveness: constitutive effectiveness, compliance, and goal achievement. We also investigate causal claims on effectiveness, exploring how IO institutional design – and in particular measures of authority – influence their ability to shape policy outcomes. Taking stock of the distribution of authority across issue areas and policy functions, we ask whether highly formalized, deeply constraining institutional arrangements have a consistently stronger impact on state behavior or whether less formalized institutions with fewer discretionary powers can also contribute to the effective implementation of internationally coordinated policies. Finally, we identify key cross-cutting challenges for global governance effectiveness, including political conflict and politicization, concerns related to legitimacy and representation, and growing problem complexity.

Type: Report
Title: No Leverage Without Authority? Comparing the Effectiveness of International Organizations Across GLOBE Issue Areas
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.globe-project.eu/en/no-leverage-withou...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: International Organizations, Authority, Governance
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10140073
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