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The Political Economy of International Organizations

Applicant Michaelowa Katharina
Number 133995
Funding scheme Scientific Conferences
Research institution Institut für Politikwissenschaft Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.01.2011 - 31.03.2011
Approved amount 10'000.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Political science

Keywords (4)

political economy; international organizations; international governance; public choice

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
This project concerns the organization of the 4th International Conference on the "Political Economy of International Organizations" (PEIO IV) in Zurich on January 26-29, 2011. This conference is a follow-up of an initial conference on the same topic held in Ascona from 3 to 8 February, 2008, as well as two follow-up conferences in Geneva 2009 (PEIO II, co-financed by the SNF) and in Washington 2010 (PEIO III). These conferences brought together economists and political scientists working on the political economy of different international organizations, in particular the UN, the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO and the EU. While the work by economists and political scientists working in this field overlaps considerably, there are, so far, only few other platforms encouraging the exchange across disciplines. The current deficiencies in communication across disciplines are immediately obvious when looking at citations in economic and political science journals. With our series of conferences, we intend to bridge the communication gap and to establish a more sustainable basis for the international and interdisciplinary exchange on this subject.With this objective in mind, it was decided to repeat the conference on a regular basis. All three previous conferences were considered extremely fruitful by all participants. They provided greater visibility to our undertaking, leading to a strong increase in high quality paper submissions, and broadening the group of participants. An international organizing committee was created in order to ensure the follow-up, to shape the orientation of future conferences and to referee the papers submitted in response to our call for papers. This high level committee also ensures participation from different continents, and provides some financial support. For the conference planned in Zurich, we thus obtain substantial co-financing, not only from the locally organizing institutions (ETH and University of Zurich), but also from the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University.With PEIO I and II and IV taking place in Switzerland and organized by scholars from Swiss universities (ETH, Graduate Institute, University of Zurich and University of Geneva), Swiss research in this area gets a special opportunity to become a relevant part of the expected long-term international exchange.
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Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
124054 The political economy of international organizations 01.01.2009 Scientific Conferences


The PEIO conference will bring together economists and political scientists to address political-economy issues related to any international organizations (IOs), including the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Union, and also other international organizations that have received less attention in the academic literature so far. Questions we seek to address include how IOs are organized and governed, what are the incentives of governments dealing with IOs, what are the incentives of the bureaucracies involved, and what are the effects of IOs on policy outcomes. We will also consider the interaction of IOs with transnational actors such as commercial lobbies and NGOs. Finally, we have a particular interest in the interaction of the international political economy with the domestic political economy of IO members.This will be the forth conference (PEIO IV) in a series initiated by Axel Dreher and myself in January 2008 (at Monte Vérità, Ascona).