governance citizenship social struggle and globalization regime dynamics

The Dynamics of National and International Regimes

Subtopics: regime research, democratization, democratic theory, international organization, compliance, security studies, transnationalization, (international) political economy.

The panel on ‘Dynamics of National and International Regimes’ is designed to encompass a variety of topics that range from comparative politics, to political economy and international relations. Its analytical focal points are, however, twofold: (1) a concentration on regimes and (2) the study of dynamic processes within and between them.

The regime definition of the panel follows largely Krasner’s famous definition of a ‘set of principles, norms, rules, and decision-making procedures around which actor expectations converge’. Such a definition is open enough to comprise different regime types transcending old intra-disciplinary boundaries within the social sciences. We invite participants to this panel who deal in their research with formal or informal, implicit or explicit regimes. We also acknowledge the wide array of political, social, and economic interactions that regimes regulate and that influence them in turn, and accept applications based on studies on national, sub-national, and supra-national regimes.

In the panel, we focus on dynamics of change. It is safe to say that the diverse national and international regimes are in flux. On the national and sub-national level, we have observed lately political and social protest movements from ‘Occupy’ to ‘Arabellion’ that have triggered policy as well as polity changes. Autocratic regime types are under pressure to change, so-called ‘hybrid regimes’ emerge, and democracies have not just been under stress after the financial crisis as the debate about ‘post-democracy’ and differing quality of democracy demonstrates. Also on the supra-national level, the challenges are enormous. What will be the future of inter-governmental arrangements like the EU, AU, ASEAN? How to transform the supra-national security regimes after the Cold War and the fight on terror? Are the classic international organizations about to erode to insignificance or do they actually and steadily seize the powers of nation states?

We invite applications by young scholars that deal with these issues. In light of the topics of the first week of the summer school, we address problems surrounding micro-macro-linkage, causation, and concept-building. We also highlight epistemological questions within the panel. The panel will be designed to leave enough room for discussing own projects in depth and will provide with hands-on advice to re-think own research design strategies.