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A Theory of International Organization$
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Liesbet Hooghe, Tobias Lenz, and Gary Marks

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198766988

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198766988.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
Source:
(p.iii) A Theory of International Organization
Author(s):

Liesbet Hooghe

Tobias Lenz

Gary Marks

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198766988.003.0001

Chapter 1 sets out the core puzzle of international governance, introduces postfunctionalist theory, and situates it in relation to realism, liberal institutionalism, and constructivism. Postfunctionalism theorizes how conceptions of community constrain the functional provision of public goods across territorial scale. It hypothesizes that international organization is social as well as functional and provides a precise and falsifiable explanation of the institutional set-up of an IO, including its membership, contractual basis, policy portfolio, and the extent to which an IO pools authority in collective decision making and delegates authority to independent actors.

Keywords:   IO, international organization, postfunctionalism, realism, liberal institutionalism, constructivism

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