Historical evaluations of regime performance on the output dimension
Gnann, Johannes Oliver ;  Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

Main titleHistorical evaluations of regime performance on the output dimension
Subtitletowards a disaggregate approach to regime impacts on post-treaty Negotiations
AuthorGnann, Johannes Oliver
InstitutionFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
No. of Pages15 S.
KeywordsRegime performance / consequences; foreign policy analysis; bargaining theory; post-Treaty negotiations; genetic resources; Convention on Biological Diversity
Classification (DDC)320 Political science
AbstractIn demonstrating that and how international regimes facilitate the convergence of foreign
policy positions, analysts typically depart from irregularities at the macro-level and focus
on beneficial effects for cooperation. This paper shows, with reference to the post-Treaty
negotiations on an “Access and Benefit-Sharing” regime under the Convention on
Biological Diversity, that standard approaches to substantiating regime effects on the
output dimension fail to capture “perverse” regime impacts on perpetuating disagreement
and “positive” effects that are overshadowed by malign conditions for cooperation. While
this shortcoming may be acceptable in making a case for institutional causation across
cases, it severely limits the analytical purview when the goal is the evaluation of a specific
regime’s performance under historical circumstances. This paper outlines the contours of
an alternative, more inclusive approach to the “output effectiveness” of international
regimes. It firmly locates the analytical focus on the state level to investigate regime
impacts on changes in foreign-policy making irrespectively of their implications for and
impacts on collective action. By drawing on bargaining theory and foreign policy analysis,
causal pathways for regime influence can eventually be formalised that would not only
provide a standardised framework for tracing specific regime effects of varying quality,
but also allow for their comparative assessment within the same research design.
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Year of publication2010
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