Non-state Actors and International Policy Processes

Cecilia Cannon

MINT123 | Spring | 3 ECTS

This seminar will examine the gradual opening up of International Organisations (IOs) to different types of non-state actors (public-interest NGOs, businesses, faith-based organisations, think tanks, humanitarian organisations, the scientific community, among others) at different stages of international policy processes. Combining theoretical and policy analysis, the topic will be situated within the broader context of IO reform. Students will consider the benefits, as well as the unforeseen effects IOs face as they adopt various models of engagement with non-state actors to fill budgetary deficiencies; to serve as forums for states to negotiate agreements; to assist states implement international agreements; and to facilitate monitoring compliance with them. We will explore the strategies adopted by non-state actors to influence policy-making at the international level through formal and informal channels, and theories that explain when they succeed and when they fail. Finally, we will scrutinize the methods employed by social scientists to measure influence – process-tracing, the perceived influence method, and the preference attainment method.