ISBN : 9780198779629
This book applies the analytical approach called Historical Institutionalism (HI)- so far mostly used within comparative politics-to the field of International Relations (IR). It provides an introduction to HI concepts and makes an argument for why it is particularly well-suited for understanding current developments within international institutions. In particular, it helps us to understand the combination of change and stability that together form the dynamics of institutional development over time. It is the first book to collect original, empirical research applying historical institutionalism to international institutions. The chapters cover a range of institutions important to IR, including the development of European Union competition policy, the global politics of financial reform after the 2008 crisis, the institutional development of the World Health Organization, membership reforms in the League of Nations and the United Nations Security Council, and civil society access to intergovernmental organizations. The concluding chapter discusses the relationship of HI to other institutionalist approaches and the role of HI in future IR research.
1 Thomas Rixen and Lora Viola: Historical Institutionalism and International Relations: Towards Explaining Change and Stability in International Institutions
II. Historical Institutionalism at Work
2 Tim Buthe: Historical Institutionalism and Institutional Development in the EU: The Development of Supranational Authority over Government Subsidies (State Aid)
3 Orfeo Fioretos: Retrofitting Financial Globalization: The Politics of Intense Incrementalism After 2008
4 Tine Hanrieder: Regionalization in the World Health Organization: Locking in a Pan American Head-Start
5 Alexandru Grigoresco: State Participation in the League of Nations Council and UN Security Council: Successful vs. Unsuccessful Reform Efforts
6 Manuela Moschella and Antje Vetterlein: Self-Reinforcing and Reactive Path Dependence: Tracing the IMF's Path of Policy Change
7 Theresa Squatrito, Thomas Sommerer, and Jonas Tallberg: Transnational Access to International Organizations 1950-2010: Structural Factors and Critical Junctures
8 Michael Zurn: Historical Institutionalism and International Relations - Strange Bedfellows?