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The Design of International Institutions: Legitimacy, Effectiveness and Distribution in Global Governance

Objective

One of the most profound trends in global governance over the past two decades is the growing extent to which international institutions offer mechanisms for the participation of transnational actors. This project will explore two central research questions, pertaining to the causes and effects of this shift in the design of international institutions: (1) Why have international institutions increasingly opened up to transnational actor involvement? (2) What are the consequences of involving transnational actors for the democratic legitimacy, problem-solving effectiveness, and distributional effects of international institutions? These are research questions that previously have not been explored systematically in existing literatures on international institutional design, transnational actors in global governance, and democracy beyond the nation-state. This project opens up a new research agenda on the design of international institutions through an ambitious combination of novel theory development and comparative empirical research. Theoretically, the project develops and tests alternative hypotheses about the causes and effects of transnational participation in international policy-making. Empirically, the project explores the dynamics of transnational participation through comparative case studies of five major international institutions, supplemented with a large-n mapping of formal mechanisms of transnational access in a broader sample of institutions. The project will help to establish an internationally competitive research group of post-doc researchers and Ph.D. students devoted to international institutional design, and consolidate the position of the principal investigator as a leading researcher in this field.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/democracy

Call for proposal

ERC-2007-StG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SG - ERC Starting Grant

Host institution

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 651 200
Principal investigator
Jonas Tallberg (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Schauki Karim (Mr.)

Beneficiaries (1)

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 1 651 200
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Jonas Tallberg (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Schauki Karim (Mr.)