Nation-states, the most powerful countries in particular, dominate wold politics. How do states work to promote their interests on the international arena?
The study of international organizations and global management examine the myriad actors involved in debating and implementing steering mechanisms with transnational implications. A central question here is which actors can speak and act with authority on behalf of larger groups, and undertake actions aimed at dealing with problems that extend across national borders. Although the nation-state remains the primary actor in world politics, both history and current trends show that non-state actors are important for understanding what states do and how they go abut do it.
Research question within this field may include:
- What is the role of international organizations like the World Bank in shaping the domestic policies of nation-states?
- When and how can expert groups and networks of interest groups succeed in influencing the content of international relations?
News about international organizations
Conflict sensitivity in focus as the three-year NUPI-led research project on the EU’s crisis response (EUNPACK) organised a final conference in Brussels in March.
25 Mar 2019
Researchers within and beyond Europe have been studying the EU's approach to conflict and crises. Here's what they found out.
4 Mar 2019
Engaging in ongoing conflicts brings with it a set of extraordinary challenges.
Publications about international organizations
2019The ownership discourse has profoundly altered the management of development aid. Nominally, it seeks to instil greater freedom as well as responsibilities among aid recipients. Revisiting two ethnographic studies (the World Bank–Uganda partnership and NGO relations in Ethiopia), this article shows how...
2019(Full article available in Norwegian only): Norway’s security policy has been firmly anchored in its NATO membership and close bilateral relationship with the US since the 1950s. In parallell, the EU has regularly popped up on the Norwegian security political agenda. The balancing between the transatlantic...
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Research projects about international organizations
Photo: NTB Scanpix
2019 - 2022 (Ongoing)
NUPI in collaboration with Simula Research Lab will map global data flows and their impact on national autonomy and sovereignty.
Photograph: Allan Hopkins/Creative Commons/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
2019 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Do regional politics around border-crossing ecosystems share important resemblances and differ in significant ways from global politics?
2018 - 2021 (Ongoing)
NUPI together with 40 partners from across the globe have established an international network to undertake research into the effectiveness of peace operations.