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New Book: Disaggregating International
When and how are international regimes effective? In his new book with the
prestigeous international publisher MIT Press, FNI Research Professor
Olav Schram Stokke uses the Barents Sea
fisheries as a case study in a new, theoretical approach to analysing
international regime effectiveness.
effectiveness of international regimes presents challenges that are both
general and specific. What are the best methodologies for assessment within a
governance area and do they enable comparison across areas?
book, Olav Schram Stokke connects the general to the specific, developing new
tools for assessing international regime effectiveness and then applying them
to a particular case: governance of the Barents Sea fisheries. Stokkes
innovative disaggregate methodology makes cross-comparison possible by breaking
down the problem and the relevant empirical evidence.
Stokke employs fuzzy-set qualitative
comparative analysis, and his approach is disaggregate in three ways:
It separates the specific governance problem into its
cognitional, regulatory, and behavioral components.
It splits into three the counterfactual analysis of what the
outcome would have been if the regime had not existed.
It decomposes the empirical evidence to maximize the number
By applying this methodology to a regional resource
regime known as one of the worlds most successful, Stokke bridges the gap
between the intensive case study analyses that have dominated the field and
increasingly ambitious efforts to devise quantitative methods for examining the
causal impacts of regimes.
Stokkes analysis sheds light on the
implementation and the interaction of international institutions, with policy
implications of regime design and operation.
About the book
See MIT Press' website
Citation: Olav Schram
Stokke, Disaggregating International Regimes: A New Approach to Evaluation
and Comparison . Cambridge (USA), MIT Press, 2012, 360 p. ISBN
About the author
Olav Schram Stokke is a Research Professor at the
Fridtjof Nansen Institute, where he specializes in institutional analysis,
international resource and environmental management, and regional
University of Arizona, US:
'A central problem of our time is fostering
the sustainable co-evolution of natural and socio-economic systems. Because
this problem is global in scope, international regimes must play a key role.
When and how are international regimes effective? Olav Schram Stokke answers
this difficult question in Disaggregating International Regimes. His analysis
is incisive, innovative, and insightful, triangulating process tracing,
configurational comparative analysis, and statistical inference. He offers a
dramatic analytic breakthrough in his demonstration of how to use
counterfactual analysis to assess regime effectiveness, providing an important
template for future research.'
Thomas Gehring, Otto-Friedrich
University Bamberg, Germany:
This book is well researched and
presents a fresh approach to the analysis of regime effectiveness. It
emphasizes that to be effective, an international regime does not only require
appropriate regulation and ensuing behavioral changes of relevant actors, but
also a reliable cognitive foundation. It blends theoretical analysis with an
interesting study of the Barents Sea fisheries regime. I highly recommend it to
those concerned with the methodological and theoretical aspects of regime
effectiveness research and to those interested in a highly topical cooperation
project in the conflict-ridden Arctic area.
B. Mitchell, University of Oregon, US:
Stokke makes major contributions to our understanding of international
institutions. Perhaps Stokkes most important contribution is theoretical,
helping us think more clearly about the fact that international institutions
perform distinct cognitive, regulatory, and behavioral functions and that a
complete understanding of international institutions requires that we think
about these separately.
Sebastian Oberthür, Vrije
Universiteit Brussel, Belgium:
All those who thought there was
nothing much to be added to the existing research on regime evolution and
effectiveness will be compelled by this book to change their minds. Olav Schram
Stokke provides a fresh and most systematic approach to disaggregating regime
effectiveness that will no doubt take a central place in any collection on the
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