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Inter-Organizationalism in International Relations: A Multilevel Framework of Analysis

  • Joachim A. Koops
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Abstract

This chapter argues that Inter-organizational relations (IORs) should be understood and analysed as a multilevel phenomenon involving a variety of different actors and players at different levels of analysis. Processes, dynamics, and outcomes of inter-organizational interaction occur and unfold during various moments of the inter-organizational life cycle and can be significantly influenced by powerful member states, individual leaders as well as bureaucratic and inter-institutional dynamics. Hence, for students, researchers and practitioners of inter-organizational relations, it is of prime importance to be aware of the different impact each level can have and how these levels interact in the wider context of cooperation or rivalry between organizations. This chapter provides a multilevel framework for analysing IORs. Section 2 introduces the multilevel analysis framework more generally and explains how it can be applied to the assessment of various aspects of IORs. Thereafter, Section 3 outlines in more detail the different levels (international system, member state, individual, bureaucratic and inter-institutional/inter-secretariat) and their significance for understanding, describing and explaining material, ideational as well as impact-related aspects of inter-organizational relations. Finally, Section 4 offers some overall conclusions and suggestions for future research.

Keywords

European Union Member State Security Council Partner Organization Epistemic Community 
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  • Joachim A. Koops
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  1. 1.Vesalius CollegeVrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Global Governance Institute (GGI)BrusselsBelgium

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