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Who performs better? A comparative analysis of problem-solving effectiveness and legitimacy attributions to international organizations.

  • Academic Journal
  • Panke, Diana (AUTHOR)
    Polat, Gurur (AUTHOR)
    Hohlstein, Franziska (AUTHOR)
  • Cooperation & Conflict. Dec2022, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p433-456. 24p.
  • The performance of individual international organizations (IOs) has received considerable scholarly attention, not in the least because their importance for global governance. This paper adds to this body of work by adopting genuine comparative lenses. Based on a novel survey, it assesses the attributed performance of 49 IOs over two important dimensions: problem-solving effectiveness and legitimacy of outputs. This reveals variation between IOs with respect to both components. We derive hypotheses from international cooperation and IO design. The quantitative analysis reveals that except deliberative diplomatic practices many factors increasing attributed legitimacy differ from the ones increasing the attributed problem-solving effectiveness. Most notably, autonomous secretariats increase the problem-solving effectiveness attributed to IOs. Legitimacy attributions increase when IOs are regional instead of global in nature and when non-state actors have access to IO decision-making. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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