The Choice of International Institutions: Cooperation, Alternatives and Strategies

Jupille, Joseph, Walter Mattli and Duncan Snidal, 2013, Institutional Choice and Global Commerce. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Posted: 16 Mar 2008 Last revised: 1 Apr 2013

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Joseph Jupille

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Political Science

Duncan Snidal

University of Chicago

Date Written: July 7, 2006

Abstract

We develop a framework that explains the choice of institutions to address international cooperation problems. We begin with boundedly rational actors who make institutional choices based on the properties of the cooperation problem they face and the menu of international institutions available to them. If the institutional status quo offers an appropriate venue for the prevailing cooperation problem, then actors will either use a focal institution or select a readily available alternative; if no suitable venue is available in the institutional status quo then costlier and riskier strategies of institutional change and creation will be pursued. The framework further allows us to incorporate the impact of international organizations and governance arrangements on the menu for institutional choice, to combine elements of rationalist and constructivist institutional accounts, and to address distributional and power considerations inherent to the choice of international institutions. The paper contains many empirical illustrations and is followed by a companion paper that applies the framework to the ongoing development of international institutions for financial reporting.

Keywords: international institutions, institutional choice, forum shopping

Suggested Citation

Jupille, Joseph and Snidal, Duncan, The Choice of International Institutions: Cooperation, Alternatives and Strategies (July 7, 2006). Jupille, Joseph, Walter Mattli and Duncan Snidal, 2013, Institutional Choice and Global Commerce. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1008945 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1008945

Joseph Jupille (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Political Science ( email )

333 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0333
United States

Duncan Snidal

University of Chicago ( email )

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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