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The Dynamics of Regime Complexes: Microfoundations and Systemic Effects

The Dynamics of Regime Complexes: Microfoundations and Systemic Effects Global Governance 19 (2013), 119–130 The Dynamics of Regime Complexes: Microfoundations and Systemic Effects Thomas Gehring and Benjamin Faude This article takes stock of the current debate on regime complexes. The spe- cific relevance of such complexes for global governance is best grasped if these complexes are understood as systems that relate and organize their elemental institutions. They emerge from activities of relevant interna- tional actors, in particular the member states of their elemental institu- tions, as well as from interactions among these institutions. Regime complexes establish interinstitutional competition, which may lead to open conflict and turf battles, but may also produce a well-established division of labor among the elemental institutions. As they provide forum-shopping opportunities for actors, regime complexes put overlapping governance in- stitutions under continuing competitive pressure and they do not necessar- ily predominantly benefit the most powerful states. In order to increase the coherence and effectiveness of global governance efforts, the manage- ment of regime complexes will become an increasingly important task of global governance. KEYWORDS: regime complexes, microfoundations, sys- temic effects, institutional interaction, interplay management. THE EMERGING LITERATURE ON REGIME COMPLEXES REFLECTS CONSIDERABLE uncertainty as to how regime complexes matter for global governance. To tackle http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

The Dynamics of Regime Complexes: Microfoundations and Systemic Effects

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01901010
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Abstract

Global Governance 19 (2013), 119–130 The Dynamics of Regime Complexes: Microfoundations and Systemic Effects Thomas Gehring and Benjamin Faude This article takes stock of the current debate on regime complexes. The spe- cific relevance of such complexes for global governance is best grasped if these complexes are understood as systems that relate and organize their elemental institutions. They emerge from activities of relevant interna- tional actors, in particular the member states of their elemental institu- tions, as well as from interactions among these institutions. Regime complexes establish interinstitutional competition, which may lead to open conflict and turf battles, but may also produce a well-established division of labor among the elemental institutions. As they provide forum-shopping opportunities for actors, regime complexes put overlapping governance in- stitutions under continuing competitive pressure and they do not necessar- ily predominantly benefit the most powerful states. In order to increase the coherence and effectiveness of global governance efforts, the manage- ment of regime complexes will become an increasingly important task of global governance. KEYWORDS: regime complexes, microfoundations, sys- temic effects, institutional interaction, interplay management. THE EMERGING LITERATURE ON REGIME COMPLEXES REFLECTS CONSIDERABLE uncertainty as to how regime complexes matter for global governance. To tackle

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 12, 2013

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