The Politics, Power, and Pathologies of International Organizations

@article{Barnett1999ThePP,
  title={The Politics, Power, and Pathologies of International Organizations},
  author={Michael Barnett and Martha Finnemore},
  journal={International Organization},
  year={1999},
  volume={53},
  pages={699-732}
}
International Relations scholars have vigorous theories to explain why international organizations (IOs) are created, but they have paid little attention to IO behavior and whether IOs actually do what their creators intend. This blind spot flows logically from the economic theories of organization that have dominated the study of international institutions and regimes. To recover the agency and autonomy of IOs, we offer a constructivist approach. Building on Max Weber's well-known analysis of… Expand

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