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World Organizations – (Re-)Conceptualizing International Organizations

Martin Koch
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Published Online: 2015-04-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/wps-2015-0003

Abstract

The article tries to theoretically re-conceptualize international organizations as world organizations. As International Relations Theories primarily concentrate on the linkage between states and international organizations they mostly neglect conceptualizing them and their changing roles in world politics. This contribution therefore suggests conceptualizing international organizations from an organization studies perspective as open system embedded in and influenced by its societal environment, i.e., world society. Thus, international organizations having no spatial restrictions concerning its membership shall be conceived as world organizations by differentiating four key characteristics: world semantics, inner world, external relations, and world order. Taking an open system’s perspective as the common ground for these four characteristics world organizations will be illustrated by focusing on the World Trade Organization and World Bank.

Keywords: International organizations; organization studies; World Bank; world society; WTO

Original reference: Koch, Martin (2014). “Weltorganisationen. Ein (Re)Konzeptualisierungsvorschlag für internationale Organisationen,” Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (ZIB) 21: 1, 5–38.

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Corresponding author: Martin Koch, Faculty of Sociology, Institute for World Society Studies, Bielefeld University, P.O. Box 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany, e-mail:


Published Online: 2015-04-17

Published in Print: 2015-04-01


Citation Information: World Political Science, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 97–131, ISSN (Online) 2363-4782, ISSN (Print) 2363-4774, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/wps-2015-0003.

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