A Comparison of International and Domestic Sources of Global Governance Dynamics

British Journal of Political Science 40/03: 509–538.

Posted: 13 Dec 2017

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Thomas Bernauer

ETH Zurich

Anna Kalbhenn

ETH Zurich

Vally Koubi

University of Bern - Department of Economics

Gabriele Spilker

ETH Zurich - Center for Comparative and International Studies

Date Written: July 1, 2010

Abstract

Existing empirical models of international co-operation emphasize domestic determinants, although virtually all theories of international relations focus on interdependencies between countries. This article examines how much states’ linkages with the international system, relative to domestic factors, such as income and democracy, influence the dynamics of global governance efforts. To this end, we study the ratification behaviour of 180 countries vis-à-vis 255 global environmental treaties. Except for integration into the world economy, which affects co-operative behaviour negatively, our results show that international factors have a stronger and more positive impact on cooperative behaviour than domestic factors. This implies that Galton’s advice not to examine the effects of internal and external variables in isolation is also useful in the study of international politics.

Suggested Citation

Bernauer, Thomas and Kalbhenn, Anna and Koubi, Vally and Spilker, Gabriele, A Comparison of International and Domestic Sources of Global Governance Dynamics (July 1, 2010). British Journal of Political Science 40/03: 509–538.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3085805

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Anna Kalbhenn

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Vally Koubi

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Gabriele Spilker

ETH Zurich - Center for Comparative and International Studies ( email )

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