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Managers of Global ChangeThe Influence of International Environmental Bureaucracies$
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Frank Biermann and Bernd Siebenhüner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012744

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012744.001.0001

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Studying the Influence of International Bureaucracies: A Conceptual Framework

Studying the Influence of International Bureaucracies: A Conceptual Framework

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(p.37) 3 Studying the Influence of International Bureaucracies: A Conceptual Framework
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Managers of Global Change
Author(s):

Frank Biermann

Bernd Siebenhüner

Bauer Steffen

Per-Olof Busch

Sabine Campe

Klaus Dingwerth

Torsten Grothmann

Robert Marschinski

Mireia Tarradell

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012744.003.0003

This chapter outlines the conceptual framework for assessing and explaining the influence of international bureaucracies. It first conceptualizes international bureaucracies before elaborating the dependent variables and the concept of “influence” as used in the research, and then considers three clusters of factors that may explain variation in the degree and type of influence of international bureaucracies: Cognitive, normative, and executive influence. Based on these three factors, the chapter presents bureaucracies as knowledge brokers, negotiation facilitators, and capacity builders. It also discusses the concept of relative change in the behavior of actors and compares bureaucratic influence with regime effectiveness. The chapter concludes by expounding the empirical research procedures, including case selection, field research and interview methodology, and the expert survey.

Keywords:   influence, international bureaucracies, knowledge brokers, negotiation facilitators, capacity builders, relative change, regime effectiveness, empirical research, interview, expert survey

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