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
UN peacekeeping faces significant challenges and some question whether it can remain relevant, but most countries agree on the importance of the UN as the centrepiece of global governance, and that peacekeeping is its flagship enterprise.
23 May 2018
In this NUPI podcast, cyber-expert Karsten Geier proposes a new way forward.
Publications about international organizations
- Publication : MONOGRAFI
2018This book examines a new type of state formation evoked by the rise of transnational rule, what Schia calls franchised states. Turning the UN into a field site and drawing on an anthropological fieldwork of the UN organization, he demonstrates how peacebuilding activities turned Liberia into an object...
2018The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), created in 2009, is the only intergovernmental organization dedicated to renewable energy. Drawing on several new datasets, this article explores IRENA in the context of three other major international energy organizations: the International Atomic Energy...
Research projects about international organizations
2018 - 2022 (Ongoing)
The Market for Anarchy project seeks to better understand how state behaviour is shaped by assessments of and responses to different types of risks.
2018 - 2021 (Ongoing)
The project will look deeper into the New Right in countries such as Russia, the US, and Poland, examining in particular the alternative visions of Western civilisational order that these movements harbour,...
2017 - 2020 (Ongoing)
GPARC aims to provide up-to-date academic and policy analyses of how major powers (USA, Russia, China) set parameters for and intervene in the maritime politics of the Arctic.