1st Edition

Seeing Like an International Organization

Edited By André Broome, Leonard Seabrooke Copyright 2014

    This book contributes to the study of International Organizations (IOs) by providing a sharp focus on how IOs’ "analytic institutions" interact with states over key policy issues. Analytic institutions include the areas, departments, committees, adjudicatory bodies, and others housed by or linked to IOs that develop the cognitive framework for identifying, understanding, and solving policy problems. Analytic institutions make the state "legible" to IOs and are the key means for how IOs "see" their member states, shaping how international political and economic problems are understood. This book investigates why seeing like an IO matters through cases on leading organizations for global economic governance, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, and the World Trade Organization. The contributors demonstrate the benefits of studying IOs "from the inside-out" to enrich our understanding of why issues in the international political economy are governed the way they are.

    This book was published as a special issue of New Political Economy.

    1. Seeing Like an International Organisation  André Broome and Leonard Seabrooke

    2. Seeing Like the OECD on Tax  J.C. Sharman

    3. Seeing Like the World Bank on Poverty  Antje Vetterlein

    4. Seeing Like the IMF on Capital Account Liberalisation  Manuela Moschella

    5. Seeing Like the WTO: Numbers, Frames and Trade Law  Jens L. Mortensen

    6. Seeing Like the BIS on Capital Rules: Institutionalising Self-regulation in Global Finance  Kevin Ozgercin


    André Broome is Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Warwick.

    Leonard Seabrooke is Professor of International Political Economy at the Copenhagen Business School and University of Warwick. Broome and Seabrooke are both researchers on the ‘Global Reordering: Evolution through European Networks’ project from the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme.