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Informal governance in international organizations: Introduction to the special issue

Informal governance in international organizations: Introduction to the special issue Rev Int Organ (2013) 8:121–136 DOI 10.1007/s11558-013-9168-y Informal governance in international organizations: Introduction to the special issue Randall W. Stone Published online: 2 April 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 International organizations have proliferated in recent decades. Virtually every issue of broad international concern is the subject of an international agreement that is administered by an international organization. Broad powers are delegated to some of these international agents, many of which exercise significant discretion and author- ity. International courts with broad jurisdiction and hundreds of more specialized judicial organs have been established to interpret a rapidly expanding body of international law. The organizational capacity of international governance has in- creased, while the capacity of domestic governance has declined in a range of failed states and contested territories. Meanwhile, the depth of policy coordination demanded by international agreements has led to an unprecedented level of interna- tional policy activism by some of the leading international organizations, including the IMF, the WTO, and the EU. Given the importance of what international organi- zations do, it is increasingly important to understand how international organizations actually work. Most of our theoretical models of international organizations are based on their formal attributes rather http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Review of International Organizations Springer Journals

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2013 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Social Sciences, general; Social Sciences, general; Political Science, general; Economics general
ISSN
1559-7431
eISSN
1559-744X
DOI
10.1007/s11558-013-9168-y
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Rev Int Organ (2013) 8:121–136 DOI 10.1007/s11558-013-9168-y Informal governance in international organizations: Introduction to the special issue Randall W. Stone Published online: 2 April 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 International organizations have proliferated in recent decades. Virtually every issue of broad international concern is the subject of an international agreement that is administered by an international organization. Broad powers are delegated to some of these international agents, many of which exercise significant discretion and author- ity. International courts with broad jurisdiction and hundreds of more specialized judicial organs have been established to interpret a rapidly expanding body of international law. The organizational capacity of international governance has in- creased, while the capacity of domestic governance has declined in a range of failed states and contested territories. Meanwhile, the depth of policy coordination demanded by international agreements has led to an unprecedented level of interna- tional policy activism by some of the leading international organizations, including the IMF, the WTO, and the EU. Given the importance of what international organi- zations do, it is increasingly important to understand how international organizations actually work. Most of our theoretical models of international organizations are based on their formal attributes rather

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The Review of International OrganizationsSpringer Journals

Published: Apr 2, 2013

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