The Soft Touch of IO Bureaucrats: A Public Choice View of International Regulation
George Mason University
May 16, 2012
The crafting of new international regulatory directives is often done within international organizations (IOs). This paper shows how a public choice framework can explain this trend. Models of bureaucracy are presented against which the conditions and incentives of international bureaucrats are contrasted. Politicians can benefit from cooperation with international bureaucrats to promote their political agenda while the latter has the incentives to pursue new projects to further personal goals. By issuing regulations, international bureaucracy and politicians alike can advance their career. The increase of soft law regulations has a high potential of success in this regard, which is why the spread of international norms, codes and principles is likely to continue.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: International organizations, soft law, regulation, bureaucracy, public choice
JEL Classification: D23, D73, K29, P16working papers series
Date posted: May 16, 2012
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