International organizations have once more become subjects of investigation for a whole range of scholars: political scientists, international relations specialists, organization theorists, and policy experts alike. The end of the Cold War, increased globalization, and the intensification of regional and functional cooperation all have produced a greater interest in the role of international organizations, and rightly so, since they increasingly take part in global governance as over-burdened governments become more and more willing to transfer responsibility to them or need to work through them.
International Organizations and Policy Implementation determines the extent to which international intergovernmental organizations are involved in the national implementation of internationally formulated policies. In particular, it specifies the conditions under which they can be more or less successful in influencing the course and content of implementation or imprint their perspective on domestic policies.
This edited volume helps to fill a gap in the existing literature in two respects: contrary to many implementation studies, the chapters are comparative in nature contrasting the role of international organizations across time, different levels, or different issue areas; and, second, they are theoretically grounded.
List of contributors. Acknowledgments. Series editor’s preface. List of abbreviations. Part I: Introduction 1. International Organizations and Implementation: Pieces of the Puzzle Jutta Joachim, Bob Reinalda and Bertjan Verbeek Part II: The Institutional Resources of International Organizations 2. Two Variations on a Theme? Different Logics of Implementation Policy in the European Union and the International Labour Organization Miriam Hartlapp 3. Beyond the Carrot and the Stick: State Reporting Procedures in the World Trade Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Thomas Conzelmann 4. International Organizations and the Implementation of New Financial Regulations by Blacklisting J.C. Sharman 5. Bureaucratic Authority and the Implementation of International Treaties: Evidence from Two Convention Secretariats Steffen Bauer 6. International Policy Implementation through Gate Keeping: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) George Christou and Seamus Simpson 7. All Bark and No Bite? The Implementation Styles of the European Union and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Education Policy Kerstin Martens and Carolin Balzer Part III: Domestic-Level Factors, International Organizations and Implementation 8. Pincers and Self-Interest: Implementing Gender Equality Legislation under Domestic and European Pressures Anna van der Vleuten 9. ‘The Achilles’ Heel of European Regulation’: National Administrative Styles and the Commission’s Neglect of Practical Implementation Esther Versluis 10. The Implementation of the Basel Capital Accord in Hungary and Slovenia: The Relative Importance of Domestic Institutions Dora Piroska 11. International Financial Institutions and Russia’s Civil Service Reform: International Push or Domestic Pull? Pat Gray 12. International Organizations, Party Politics and the Promotion of Minority Rights in the Baltic States David J. Galbreath Part IV: Conclusion 13. Enforcers, Managers, Authorities? International Organizations and Implementation Jutta Joachim, Bob Reinalda and Bertjan Verbeek Index.