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International Organizations as Orchestrators

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Kenneth W. Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal, Bernhard Zangl, Michael Blauberger, Berthold Rittberger, Manfred Elsig, Lora Anne Viola, Erin R. Graham, Alexander Thompson, Xinyuan Dai, Jonas Tallberg, Tine Hanrieder, Virginia Haufler, Cornis van der Lugt, Klaus Dingwerth, Lucio Baccaro, Michael Findley, Daniel Nielson, J. C. Sharman, Walter Mattli, Jack Seddon
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  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107442696

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  • 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.

    • Cutting edge research explains how international organizations can be effective in global governance even with limited resources and authority
    • Features ten case studies covering a wide range of organizations and issue areas, including health, environment, finance, regulation and money laundering
    • Provides a new understanding of the interactions among distinct types of actors in global governance and how they work together to reinforce their governance capabilities
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "International Organizations as Orchestrators shows how both intergovernmental organizations and states can use intermediaries, and soft means, to attain their goals when hierarchy, delegation, and collaboration on equal terms are either infeasible or ineffective. Since its ideas are new and its arguments careful, this is one of the most important books on world politics to appear during the last several years."
    Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University, New Jersey

    "This is a terrific book, which explores how international organizations 'orchestrate' the activities of public and private actors, addressing large challenges with small resources. The editors clearly formulate the concept of orchestration, and a stellar group of contributors explores how IOs like the European Union and United Nations agencies orchestrate the action of diverse groups across a broad range of contemporary issues and problems. Essential reading for all students of global governance."
    Mark Pollack, Jean Monnet Chair, Temple University, Philadelphia

    "The editors of this outstanding volume orchestrate a set of well-known scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. Together, they significantly move forward our understanding of global governance by leaving behind the focus on single institutions and focusing instead on the interaction between different types of international actors such as states, international organizations and transnational private actors. This is social science at its best - theoretically ambitious and empirically grounded."
    Michael Zürn, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and Freie Universität Berlin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107442696
    • length: 450 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Orchestration: global governance through intermediaries Kenneth W. Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal and Bernhard Zangl
    Part II. Managing States:
    2. Orchestrating policy implementation: EU governance through regulatory networks Michael Blauberger and Berthold Rittberger
    3. Orchestration on a tight leash: state oversight of the WTO Manfred Elsig
    4. Orchestration by design: the G20 in international financial regulation Lora Anne Viola
    5. Efficient orchestration? The Global Environment Facility in the governance of climate adaptation Erin R. Graham and Alexander Thompson
    6. Orchestrating monitoring: the optimal adaptation of international organizations Xinyuan Dai
    7. Orchestrating enforcement: international organizations mobilizing compliance constituencies Jonas Tallberg
    Part III. Bypassing States:
    8. WHO orchestrates? Coping with competitors in global health Tine Hanrieder
    9. Orchestrating peace? Civil war, conflict minerals, and the United Nations Security Council Virginia Haufler
    10. Governing where focality is low: UNEP and the Principles for Responsible Investment Cornis van der Lugt and Klaus Dingwerth
    11. Orchestration for the 'social partners' only: internal constraints on the ILO Lucio Baccaro
    12. Orchestrating the fight against anonymous incorporation: a field experiment Michael Findley, Daniel Nielson and J. C. Sharman
    Part IV. Implications:
    13. Orchestration along the Pareto frontier: winners and losers Walter Mattli and Jack Seddon
    14. Orchestrating global governance: from empirical findings to theoretical implications Kenneth W. Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal and Bernhard Zangl.

  • Editors

    Kenneth W. Abbott, Arizona State University
    Kenneth W. Abbott is the Jack E. Brown Professor of Law in the Arizona State University College of Law.

    Philipp Genschel, European University Institute, Florence
    Philipp Genschel holds the Chair in European Public Policy at the European University Institute in Florence.

    Duncan Snidal, University of Oxford
    Duncan Snidal is Professor of International Relations at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

    Bernhard Zangl, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
    Bernhard Zangl is Professor of Global Governance at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.


    Kenneth W. Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal, Bernhard Zangl, Michael Blauberger, Berthold Rittberger, Manfred Elsig, Lora Anne Viola, Erin R. Graham, Alexander Thompson, Xinyuan Dai, Jonas Tallberg, Tine Hanrieder, Virginia Haufler, Cornis van der Lugt, Klaus Dingwerth, Lucio Baccaro, Michael Findley, Daniel Nielson, J. C. Sharman, Walter Mattli, Jack Seddon

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