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"A Comparative Institutional Analysis of International Organizations and Their Environmental Policy Making"

Zito, Anthony R. (1995) "A Comparative Institutional Analysis of International Organizations and Their Environmental Policy Making". In: UNSPECIFIED, Charleston, South Carolina. (Unpublished)

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    Robert Putnam's "two level game" approach has had a particular impact on recent international relations theory. Putnam's article presents a provocative and persuasive understanding of the relationship between the international behavior of states and the domestic institutional and political situation. This renewed focus on the domestic political impact is an extremely praiseworthy development, which complements rather than contradicts the orientation found in this paper. This paper contends that international relations should make a parallel effort to "bring back" institutional analysis of how the formal structures of international organizations shape and constrain state behavior. In order to advance this institutional perspective, the analysis of international organization structure is combined with the insights of the "new institutional" approach and while a tradition studying formal international organizations structures does exist, little of it has made explicit comparison about how different organizations' structures influence international behavior. This paper makes a comparison between the European Union, a very special kind of regional organization, and three more traditional intemational organizations: (I) the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), (2) the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and (3) the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The paper examines how these three intemational organizations and one regional organization have tackled environmental policy issues, a policy interest which all four organizations have in common. The fundamental argument is that the European Union represents a very different breed of political organization from the traditionally defined "international organizations."

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > environmental policy (including international arena)
    Other international institutions > OECD
    Other international institutions > UN
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1995 (4th), May 11-14, 1995
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2007
    Number of Pages: 17
    Last Modified: 02 Nov 2013 22:17

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