Mainstreaming International Governance: The Environment, Gender, and IO Performance in the European Union

Review of International Organizations, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 285-313

29 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2010 Last revised: 8 Sep 2010

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Mark A. Pollack

Temple University - Department of Political Science; Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Emilie Marie Hafner-Burton

UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy

Date Written: June 10, 2010

Abstract

International organizations (IOs) have moved increasingly in recent years to adopt cross-cutting mandates that require the “mainstreaming” of particular issues, such as gender equality or environmental protection, across all IO policies. Successful IO performance with respect to such mandates, we hypothesize, is determined in large part by the use of hard or soft institutional measures to shape the incentives of sectoral officials whose cooperation is required for successful implementation. We test this hypothesis with respect to two such mandates – gender mainstreaming and environmental policy integration – in a single international organization, the European Union, demonstrating a strong causal link between the use of hard incentives and IO performance in these and related mandates.

Keywords: International Organizations, Cross-Cutting Mandates, European Union, Gender Mainstreaming, Environmental Policy, European Commission

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Pollack, Mark A. and Hafner-Burton, Emilie Marie, Mainstreaming International Governance: The Environment, Gender, and IO Performance in the European Union (June 10, 2010). Review of International Organizations, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 285-313, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1638301

Mark A. Pollack (Contact Author)

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Emilie Marie Hafner-Burton

UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy ( email )

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United States

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