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

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

von Staden, Andreas, Political Authority, Expected Consequences, and the Politicization of International Institutions (August 20, 2019). Claudia Wiesner (ed.), Rethinking Politicization (Palgrave), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3444234

Andreas Von Staden (Contact Author)

Universit├Ąt Hamburg ( email )

Department of Social Sciences
Allende-Platz 1
Hamburg, Hamburg 20148
Germany

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