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Seeing like an International Organisation

Broome, André and Seabrooke, Leonard (2012) Seeing like an International Organisation. New Political Economy, 17 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1356-3467

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2011.569019

Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1080/13563467.2011.569019

International organisations (IOs) often serve as the ‘engine room’ of ideas for structural reforms at the national level, but how do IOs construct cognitive authority over the forms, processes, and prescriptions for institutional change in their member states? Exploring the analytic institutions created by international organisations provides insights into how they make their member states ‘legible’, and how greater legibility enables them to construct cognitive authority in specific policy areas which in turn enhances their capacity to influence changes in national frameworks for economic and social governance. By ‘seeing like an international organisation’ we can increase our understanding of the cognitive and organisational environment that guides an IO’s actions and informs its policy advice to states, which enables a more comprehensive picture of how the everyday business of global governance works in practice. Instead of ‘black boxing’ international organisations, the contributors to this special issue demonstrate how studying IOs from the inside-out expands both our understanding of the policy dialogue between IOs and their member states, as well as how IOs and states learn from each other over time.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2012 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Department of Political Science and International Studies
Subjects:JA Political science (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Taylor and Francis
ID Code:1171
Refereed:YES
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