Political Authority, Expected Consequences, and the Politicization of International Institutions
Claudia Wiesner (ed.), Rethinking Politicization (Palgrave), Forthcoming
Posted: 5 Sep 2019
Date Written: August 20, 2019
This essay takes its cue from the postulated authority-politicization link in the literature on the politicization of international institutions and argues that the extent of an institution's authority is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for politicization, but that it is instead a governance arrangement's (expected) consequences that drive politicization. Greater authority may often indicate greater consequences, but the magnitude of effects and the attendant politicization do not necessarily depend on a normatively grounded notion of authority; rather, actors often politicize institutions and policies because of their factual consequences and because of what they observe as the insufficient authority of the particular arrangement that has generated them.
Keywords: politicization, authority, international institutions
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