International organizations as orchestrators

Kenneth Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal, Bernhard Zangl

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Abstract

International Organizations as Orchestrators reveals how IOs leverage their limited authority and resources to increase their effectiveness, power, and autonomy from states. By 'orchestrating' intermediaries - including NGOs - IOs can shape and steer global governance without engaging in hard, direct regulation. This volume is organized around a theoretical model that emphasizes voluntary collaboration and support. An outstanding group of scholars investigate the significance of orchestration across key issue areas, including trade, finance, environment and labor, and in leading organizations, including the GEF, G20, WTO, EU, Kimberley Process, UNEP and ILO. The empirical studies find that orchestration is pervasive. They broadly confirm the theoretical hypotheses while providing important new insights, especially that states often welcome IO orchestration as achieving governance without creating strong institutions. This volume changes our understanding of the relationships among IOs, nonstate actors and states in global governance, using a theoretical framework applicable to domestic governance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages430
ISBN (Electronic)9781139979696
ISBN (Print)9781107082205
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Abbott, K., Genschel, P., Snidal, D., & Zangl, B. (2015). International organizations as orchestrators. Cambridge University Press.