Intergovernmental Organizations

Klaus Armingeon

in The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579396
Published online September 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Intergovernmental Organizations

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This article elaborates the role of Intergovernmental Organizations (IO) in domestic social policy. It concentrates on the welfare state in countries which are democratic and economically relatively developed. It describes those IOs which are most relevant for national welfare states in developed nations: the World Bank (WB), the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The descriptions of these IOs focus on their organizational structures and systems of decision-making, and on their official goals and tasks. It then covers the modes and means by which IOs attempt to have an impact on national welfare states. Finally, it examines the influence of IOs on national welfare states, the strategic interactions between IOs and domestic political actors, and the question of soft versus hard law.

Keywords: World Bank; International Monetary Fund; World Trade Organization; Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development; International Labour Organization; domestic social policy; national welfare states

Article.  5772 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Regional Political Studies ; International Relations

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