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International Organization in Time: Fragmentation and Reform

Tine Hanrieder


The book investigates the effects of reform programs on international organizations (IOs). Such reforms are often perceived as failing but they do nevertheless drive organizational change. The book argues that reforms trigger path dependent processes in IOs, yielding increasing returns to the winners of historical bargains. Path dependence explains why a seemingly dysfunctional organizational process, namely fragmentation, is hard to reverse but easy to reinforce through organizational reform. Reforms benefit existing veto players, create new centers of organizational power and exacerbate dupl ... More

Keywords: international organization, reform, fragmentation, World Health Organization, United Nations, historical institutionalism, path dependence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198705833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tine Hanrieder, author
Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center