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Secrets in Global Governance
Disclosure Dilemmas and the Challenge of International Cooperation

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  • Date Published: July 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108745949

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  • Scholars have long argued that transparency makes international rule violations more visible and improves outcomes. Secrets in Global Governance revises this claim to show how equipping international organizations (IOs) with secrecy can be a critical tool for eliciting sensitive information and increasing cooperation. States are often deterred from disclosing information about violations of international rules by concerns of revealing commercially sensitive economic information or the sources and methods used to collect intelligence. IOs equipped with effective confidentiality systems can analyze and act on sensitive information while preventing its wide release. Carnegie and Carson use statistical analyses of new data, elite interviews, and archival research to test this argument in domains across international relations, including nuclear proliferation, international trade, justice for war crimes, and foreign direct investment. Secrets in Global Governance brings a groundbreaking new perspective to the literature of international relations.

    • This book examines in a wide range of issue areas, including economics, human rights, and international security
    • Challenges the existing literature by offering a re-assessment of the role of secrecy in diplomacy and global governance, both its benefits and trade-offs
    • Provides scholars and practitioners with new insights about how global governance works with non-specialized terminology
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    Awards

    • Winner, 2021 International Collaboration Section Best Book Award, American Political Science Association

    Reviews & endorsements

    'It is frequently argued that disseminating information helps international organizations to promote cooperation. Carnegie and Carson, however, maintain that international organizations that reveal sensitive information actually inhibit cooperation. Analyzing war crimes, international trade, nuclear proliferation, and foreign investment, they demonstrate that international organizations can help to address this problem by establishing systems to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information. The result is a fine book that makes a key contribution to our understanding of international organizations and global governance.' Edward Mansfield, University of Pennsylvania

    'With a compelling theory backed by comprehensive evidence, this book overturns the conventional view of how international organizations function … From the WTO legal hearings on airplane subsidies to the defense of victims targeted in ethnic cleansing, rich case studies highlight when and how international organizations help states manage information. Statistical analysis reveals why this matters - for trade flows, justice, and understanding international cooperation.' Christina L. Davis, Harvard University

    'One of the most interesting and creative books written about international organizations in recent memory. It made me think about an old issue in a new way … A must read for anyone interested in political institutions and global governance.' Matthew Fuhrmann, Texas A&M University

    'A masterful new book … A great example of modern social science …' Michael C. Horowitz, University of Pennsylvania

    ‘… this book provides a strong blueprint for how these organizations can stay relevant and strengthen the international rules-based order by adopting confidential ity systems to resolve disclosure dilemmas.’ Ethics & International Affairs

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108745949
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Theory
    3. Sensitive Information in Global Governance: The Past and Present
    4. Nuclear Proliferation
    5. International Trade
    6. War Crimes
    7. Foreign Direct Investment
    8. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    Allison Carnegie, Columbia University, New York
    Allison Carnegie is Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. She is the author of Power Plays: How International Institutions Reshape Coercive Diplomacy (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

    Austin Carson, University of Chicago
    Austin Carson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Secret Wars: Covert Conflict in International Politics (Princeton University Press, 2018).

    Awards

    • Winner, 2021 International Collaboration Section Best Book Award, American Political Science Association

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