Using Network Effects to Strengthen International Institutions in a Time of Global Instability
20 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2018
Date Written: September 8, 2018
This article argues that policymakers can strengthen international institutions by using network effects to ‘lock’ States into organizations. The article proposes five strategies policymakers may employ to achieve this effect. While the extent to which these strategies can prevent institutional collapse is an open question, the effect may be sufficient in certain situations to tip the balance and prevent a faltering institution from unraveling. Thus, understanding how network effects undergird international institutions, and how to manipulate the effect, provides a potential tool to policymakers to help strengthen global governance in this period of significant disruption.
Keywords: International institutions, network effects, lock-in, global governance
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