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Jonas Tallberg, Thomas Sommerer, Theresa Squatrito, and  Christer Jönsson

Publisher’s Summary

Once the exclusive preserve of member states, international organizations have become increasingly open in recent decades. Now virtually all international organizations at some level involve NGOs, business actors and scientific experts in policy-making. This book offers the first systematic and comprehensive analysis of this development. Combining statistical analysis and in-depth case studies, it maps and explains the openness of international organizations across issue areas, policy functions and world regions from 1950 to 2010. Addressing the question of where, how and why international organizations offer transnational actors access to global policy-making, this book has implications for critical issues in world politics. When do states share authority with private actors? What drives the design of international organizations? How do activists and businesses influence global politics? Is civil society involvement a solution to democratic deficits in global governance?

Published October 2013.

About Christer Jönsson, ACUNS Member

opening up of international organizationChrister Jönsson is Professor of Political Science at Lund University, Sweden, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In 1995-97 he served as President of the Swedish Political Science Association, and in 1996-99 as President of the Nordic International Studies Association (NISA). He has been Visiting Professor at Stanford University and Kyung Hee University, Seoul, and a Fellow at the Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study. He has served on the editorial boards of International Organization as well as Global Governance. In addition to international organization, his research interests and publications range from negotiation theory and diplomacy to the role of transnational network and NGOs in global governance. He has contributed to the Sage Handbooks of International Relations (2002) and of Conflict Resolution (2009) as well as the Oxford Handbook on the United Nations. His most recent co-authored books are Organizing European Space (2000), Essence of Diplomacy (2005) and Transnational Actors in Global Governance (2010).