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Divided SovereigntyInternational Institutions and the Limits of State Authority$
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Carmen Pavel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199376346

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376346.001.0001

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Institutional Pluralism

Institutional Pluralism

(p.141) 6 Institutional Pluralism
Divided Sovereignty

Carmen E. Pavel

Oxford University Press

What alternatives to global democracy are there? Chapter 6 proposes institutional pluralism as one candidate for imagining the structure of international institutions. It argues that we should support, on reflection, a system of institutional pluralism based on authority distributed among many nodes, on experimentation with institutional design, and on gradualism in the construction of supra-state authority. What is crucial to institutional pluralism is the absence of a central agency or a hierarchy of subordinated agencies that perform all the functions of international cooperation and, in effect, hold a coercive monopoly on power. Drawing on international law, the chapter addresses conceptual worries related to pluralist institutional orders, such as a lack of consistency of the rules, a lack of institutional coherence, and the possibility of jurisdictional conflict.

Keywords:   institutional pluralism, international law, jurisdictional conflict, experimentation, incrementalism

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