Measuring the Topology of Institutional Complexity
James HollwayAssistant Professor International Relations/Political Science, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
Room P2-S3, Maison de la paix
A Typology for Mapping Regime Complex Topologies
James Hollway, Stephanie Hofmann, and Cédric Dupont
To date the research on regime complexes has typically developed theory with reference to single policy areas. Our paper argues that a comparative perspective on both the statics and dynamics of regime complexity is an important next step in theory development, but that commensuration is first required. Given different characteristics across policy domains, we propose a topological typology based on two structural dimensions: dominance and coherence.
We argue that these dimensions reflect key structural features referenced in contemporary scholarship, and that network analytic measures are a suitable tool enabling a comparative research agenda. We illustrate these arguments by tracing the topological trajectories from 1960 to 2010 of regime complexes in three different policy domains: trade (international economics), and fisheries (international environment) and alliances (international security).
- James Hollway, Assistant Professor International Relations/Political Science, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Joost Pauwelyn, Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
This lecture is part of the Global Governance Colloquium series.
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