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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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The Resistible Rise of International Authority

The Resistible Rise of International Authority

(p.84) 6 The Resistible Rise of International Authority
A Theory of International Organization

Liesbet Hooghe

Tobias Lenz

Gary Marks

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 explains change in pooling and delegating authority to an IO. An IO’s authority is responsive to two pressures, one functional and one social. Functional pressures stem from the need to make decision making tractable under an expanding policy portfolio. This induces an IO’s member states to pool authority in majoritarian decision making and to delegate agenda setting to independent agents who can develop proposals and mediate disputes. Socio-political pressures arise from nationalist resistance to the loss of national self-rule. Politicization can constrain IO authority even in the presence of intense functional pressures. A two-stage model confirms the hypothesis that functional pressures are socially conditioned.

Keywords:   IO, international organization, international authority, delegation, pooling, IO policy, majoritarian decision making, politicization, IO contract

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