Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation

Interorganizational Diffusion in International Relations: Regional Institutions and the Role of the European Union

Tobias Lenz


How and under what conditions does the European Union (EU) shape processes of institution building in other regional organizations? This book develops and tests a theory of interorganizational diffusion in international relations that explains how successful pioneer organizations shape institutional choices in other organizations by affecting the institutional preferences and bargaining strategies of national governments. The author argues that Europe’s foremost regional organization systematically affects institution building abroad, but that such influence varies across different types of or ... More

Keywords: regional organizations, diffusion, institutional design, institutional change, contractual open-endedness, EU, Mercosur, SADC, ASEAN, NAFTA, mixed methods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198823827
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tobias Lenz, author
Professor of International Relations, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)