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A Framework for Thinking about International Organization. Lecture 20: 26 April 2012 J A Morrison. The Premiere Journal International Organization. Lec 20: International Organization. Preliminaries The Nature of IO The Mechanisms of Organization The Causes and Consequences of IO
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Lecture 20: 26 April 2012J A Morrison
The Premiere Journal International Organization
When we consider international organization, we study more than just international organizations.We think about the organization of the international system.
Working through this will require some time and patience. But it's important that you get some sense of what is out there so you can continue studying this in the years to come.
Is the organization of international politics the same type of thing as the organization of domestic politics?Is the difference one of degree or of type?
"Both domestic and international order can take many different forms. In some countries, politics can be extremely ruthless and coercive, whereas some areas of international politics are remarkably consensual and institutionalized…The most useful insight might be that both realms of politics—domestic and international—face similar problems in the creation and maintenance of order, and the solutions that emerge are often different but sometimes similar."
G. John Ikenberry. After Victory. p 21.
Ikenberry argues that these realms are sometimes so similar that we may have difficulty knowing whether certain political relations are "domestic" or "international"…
Clearly, it matters a great deal what we consider "organized" or "orderly" relations to be—particularly if the different conceptions are not always the same.
If IP is the same type of thing as DP, then we ought to look inward to DP to determine how to influence the level of organization in the international system.
"sets of implicit or explicit principles, norms, rules and decision-making procedures around which actors' expectations converge in a given area of international relations. Principles are beliefs of fact, causation, and rectitude. Norms are standards of behavior defined in terms of rights and obligations. Rules are specific prescriptions or proscriptions for action. Decision-making procedures are prevailing practices for making and implementing collective choice."
Keohane, R. After Hegemony. 57
Of course, there is some overlap there. This framework is just intended to roughly distinguish between the different mechanisms of int'l org.
Naturally, the answers to these questions depend on the answers to our previous questions.But here are some of the most frequently considered responses…
So, there are a lot of questions about international organization.This lecture should present some of the different ways we might consider international organization.It provides a framework.