The Rational Design of International Institutions
AbstractInternational institutions are central features of moderninternational relations. This is true of trade, international debt andnancial restructuring, and even national security, once the exclusiverealm of pure state action. It was certainly true of the two majormilitary engagements of the 1990s, the wars in Kosovo and the PersianGulf. As international institutions have gained prominence in thepolitical landscape, they have increasingly become prominent topics forstudy. The sharpest debate among researchers has been theoretical: Dointernational institutions really matter? Missing from this debate is asustained inquiry into how these institutions actually work. We shiftthe focus by posing researchable questions about how they operate andhow they relate to the problems states face.
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Volume (Year): 55 (2001)
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