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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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Five Theses on International Governance

Five Theses on International Governance

(p.121) 8 Five Theses on International Governance
A Theory of International Organization

Liesbet Hooghe

Tobias Lenz

Gary Marks

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 summarizes the argument of the book in five theses: IO governance has both a formal and an informal basis; its foundation is contractual; and sociality and politicization alongside functionality explain how IOs are structured and how they make decisions. The possibilities for governance in the international domain appear to be circumscribed by how the populations encompassed in an IO perceive themselves in relation to each other—the extent to which they see themselves as sharing some transnational community. How do they conceive the trade-off between national self-rule and international shared rule? A postfunctionalist theory of international organization claims that governance is both an expression of community and an institutional adaptation to the functional provision of public goods.

Keywords:   IO, international organization, IO contract, governance, politicization, community, transnationalism, postfunctionalism

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