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Diffusion across International Organizations: Connectivity and Convergence
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2019 (English)In: International Organization, ISSN 0020-8183, E-ISSN 1531-5088, Vol. 73, no 2, p. 399-433Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While extensive research shows that policies and institutions spread across states through processes of diffusion, we know little about diffusion among international organizations (IOs). This article advances the state of the field by developing a novel approach for the study ofdiffusion among IOs. This approach consists of three components: a theoretical focus onconnectivity among IOs as pathways for diffusion; a conceptual differentiation between alternative types of convergence effects; and a methodological strategy combining dyadic and spatial analysis of diffusion. The article illustrates the usefulness of this approach through an empirical case: the diffusion of participatory governance arrangements among IOs, 1970-2010. The analysis shows that connectivity among IOs contributes to convergence, which typically is manifested through imitation of very specific institutional models. The article has implications both for the study of IOs and for the general study of diffusion.

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2019. Vol. 73, no 2, p. 399-433
Keywords [en]
international organizations, diffusion, institutional design, global governance, interdependence, connectivity, convergence
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158815DOI: 10.1017/S0020818318000450ISI: 000466759400005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158815DiVA, id: diva2:1239055
Available from: 2018-08-15 Created: 2018-08-15 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved

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