Reassessment of international executive institutions : the case of the European Commission, the OECD secretariat and the WTO secretariat
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This master thesis focuses on the dynamics within the International Executives (IEs) of International Governmental Organizations: the European Union, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). This master thesis has its intention to examine the ways these IEs challenge the principle of sovereignty, why they do go beoynd the existing heritage of Westphalia. Dependent and independent variables will be defined in order to examine this matter. The dependent variable is decision-making dynamics that are evoked by civil servants of these IEs. There are four different types of decision-making dynamics: intergovernmental, supranational, departmental, and epistemic. These dynamics are assumed to be influenced by a number of factors that will be applied in the analytical part of the master thesis. These are organizational properties (H1), recruiting procedures (H2), organizational affiliations (H3), organizational demography (H4) and organizational network (H5). The purpose is to show that the different characteristics of these variables in each case give different combinations of behavioral dynamics within the IEs. In spite of the different characteristics of the chosen IEs similarities of behavior dynamics within the institutions are to be found. This master thesis shows that IEs are complex structures with the mixture of the decision-making dynamics where the autonomous dynamics, supranational, departmental and epistemic, are more salient than the intergovernmental ones. It also illustrates that the organizational factors play a very important role in understanding the decision-making dynamics within institutions as IEs.
Masteroppgave i økonomi og administrasjon 2006 - Høgskolen i Agder, Kristiansand
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Agder University College