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A Comparative Institutional Framework for Global Governance Analysis

3 May

This workshop focuses on constructing an analytical framework to understand and discuss different proposals regarding global governance. The framework we will employ is Comparative Institutional Analysis (CIA).

CIA is at once an obvious and yet challenging approach to global governance. It seems obvious that analyzing global governance means analyzing the available and proposed governance mechanisms– institutions in our sense of the ord. This task is challenging because these institutional mechanisms are all highly imperfect and their imperfections tend to parallel one another.

It is common to find one-sided critiques of existing governance as though such insights provide a sufficient case for the substitution of some often idealized alternative. This is single institutional analysis. Although single institutional analysis makes for attractive if superficial rhetorical argument it is largely analytically empty. It is absolutely necessary to address the real functioning of all the relevant institutional alternatives. This is comparative institutional analysis. 

Scientific Coordinators: Neil Komesar (Wisconsin University) and Miguel Poiares Maduro (EUI)