Program and Papers 2018

Program of the 11th Annual Conference on

The Political Economy of International Organizations

February 8-10, 2018


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

7:00 pm Dinner (optional, at own expense, please join at any time)

(Location: tba)


Thursday, February 8, 2018

8:45-9:00 am Opening remarks

(Location: Fluno Center, Room tba)

9:00-10:45 am Session 1: European Union and Central Bank

Chair: Katharina Michaelowa

  • Christina Schneider (University of California, San Diego), The Sources of Government Accountability in the European Union. Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment in Germany. Discussion openers: Konstantinos Matakos, Daniel Nielson
  • Nina Obermeier (Cornell University), Globalization by the Rules: Attitudes towards Economic Integration in the Wake of the Eurozone Crisis. Discussion openers: Martijn Huysmans, Jonas Tallberg
  • Volker Nitsch (Darmstadt University of Technology), What Do Central Bankers Do? Evidence from the European Central Bank’s Executive Board. Discussion openers: Annika Havlik, Stefano Pagliari

10:45-11:15 am Break

11:15-1:00 pm Session 2: World Bank Group

Chair: Christopher Kilby

  • Axel Dreher (Heidelberg University), Katharina Richert (Heidelberg University), The Political Economy of International Finance Corporation Lending. Discussion openers: Erasmus Kersting, Randall Stone
  • Elena McLean (SUNY Buffalo), Looking for Advice: The Politics of Consulting Services Procurement in the World Bank. Discussion openers: Dan Honig, Bernhard Reinsberg
  • Tal Sadeh (Tel Aviv University), Eyal Rubinson (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Do the IMF and World Bank Promote Autonomous Sovereign Debt Management? Discussion openers: Ahsan Kibria, Tania Masi

1:00-2:15 pm Lunch

(Location: tba)

2:15-4:00 pm Session 3: WTO

Chair: Mark Copelovitch

  • Soo Yeon Kim (National University of Singapore), Gabriele Spilker (University of Salzburg), Multinational Firms, Global Value Chains, and WTO Disputes. Discussion openers: Renee Bowen, J.P. Singh
  • Amanda Kennard (Princeton University), The Politics of Expertise: Biased Learning in International Organizations. Discussion openers: Jason Davis, Byungwon Woo
  • Heather McKibben (University of California, Davis), Timothy Taylor (Wheaton College), Creating Trade Agreements with Democracies: Negotiation Strategies and Agreement Design. Discussion openers: Cassandra Emmons, Yilang Feng

4:00-4:30 pm Break

4:30-7:00 pm Session 4: United Nations, Lobbying, and G20

Chair: Jon Pevehouse

  • Christoph Mikulaschek (Harvard University), Cueing Foreign Elite Consensus or Divisions: The Effect of Unanimity in International Organizations on Public Opinion. Discussion openers: Thomas Bernauer, Meredith Wilf
  • Fang-Yi Chiou (Academia Sinica), Simon Hug (University of Geneva), Bjørn Høyland (University of Oslo), Sponsoring Resolutions on Civil Wars in the UN Security Council. Discussion openers: Jon Pevehouse, Jaroslav Tir
  • Samuel Brazys (University College Dublin), Diana Panke (University of Freiburg), Oliver Westerwinter (University of St. Gallen), Can’t Buy Me Love? Specific and Diffuse Reciprocity in International Relations. Discussion openers: Julia Gray, Simon Hug
  • Stefano Pagliari (City University of London), Meredith Wilf (University of Pittsburgh), Does the G20 Affect International Financial Regulation? A Text-Based Approach. Discussion openers: Gong Cheng, Volker Nitsch
  • Leonardo Baccini (McGill University), Iain Osgood (University of Michigan), Stephen Weymouth (Georgetown University), The Service Economy: Understanding Sectoral Differences in Patterns of Lobbying for Trade in the U.S. Discussion openers: Tobias Hofmann, Peter Rosendorff

7:30 pm Dinner

(Location: tba)


Friday, February 9, 2018

(Location: Fluno Center, Room tba)

9:00-10:45 am Session 5: IGOs

Chair: Randall Stone

  • Julia Gray (University of Pennsylvania), The Shadow of Failure: How Collapsed IOs Influence Subsequent Cooperative Bargains. Discussion openers: Gabriele Spilker, Alexander Thompson
  • Tana Johnson (Duke University), Intergovernmentalism, Bureaucracy, and the Pitfalls of IGOs. Discussion openers: Nada Maamoun, Patrick Wagner
  • Christina Davis (Princeton University), Tyler Pratt (Princeton University), The Forces of Attraction: How Security Interests Shape Membership in Economic Institutions. Discussion openers: Inken von Borzyskowski, Jaroslav Tir

10:45-11:15 am Break

11:15-1:00 pm Session 6: Legitimacy

Chair: Renee Bowen

  • Jonas Tallberg (Stockholm University), Magnus Lundgren (Stockholm University), Thomas Sommerer (Stockholm University), Theresa Squatrito (University of Liverpool), Explaining Policy Norm Adoption by International Organizations. Discussion openers: Ayse Kaya, Oliver Westerwinter
  • Erica Gould (Stanford University), What Impedes IO Accountability Mechanisms? The Case of Multilateral Development Bank Internal Accountability Offices. Discussion openers: Silvia Marchesi, Kelebogile Zvobgo
  • Dan Honig (Johns Hopkins SAIS), Catherine Weaver (University of Texas), A Race to the Top? The Aid Transparency Index and the Social Power of Global Performance Assessments. Discussion openers: Elias Bengtsson, Katharina Michaelowa

1:00-2:15 pm Lunch

(Location: tba)

2:15-4:00 pm Session 7: World Bank

Chair: Lawrence Broz

  • Simone Dietrich (University of Geneva), Bernhard Reinsberg (University of Cambridge), Martin Steinwand (University of Essex), Network Governance in International Organizations: Lessons from World Bank Trust Funds. Discussion openers: Lindsay Dolan, Ayse Kaya
  • Silvia Marchesi (University of Milano Bicocca), Tania Masi (University of Milano Bicocca), What Does Influence the Choice of the Implementation Level? Evidence from the World Bank. Discussion openers: Katharina Richert, Michael Tierney
  • Erasmus Kersting (Villanova University), Christopher Kilby (Villanova University), Does the World Bank Move Markets? Discussion openers: Julien Reynaud, Christina Schneider

4:15-6:00 pm Poster Session

(Location: tba)


  • Byungwon Woo (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies), Hyo Won Lee (Yonsei University), The WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism as a Bargaining Process: A Theoretic Model and Test. Discussants: Simon Hug, Amanda Kennard
  • J.P. Singh (University of Edinburgh), Effects of Foreign Aid and Colonial Relations on Trade Reciprocity with Evidence from the Uruguay Round (1986-94). Discussants: Mark Copelovitch, Soo Yeon Kim
  • Jason Davis (University of Michigan), Screening for Losers: Trade Institutions and Information. Discussants: Peter Rosendorff, Timothy Taylor
  • Oliver Westerwinter (University of St. Gallen), Stefano Jud (University of St. Gallen), Preventing and Protecting: Reputation and the Design of International Cooperation. Discussants: Soo Yeon Kim, Randall Stone
  • Yilang Feng (University of Michigan), Measurement of Corporate Political Connection and Its Effects on Entrepreneur Trade Policy Preferences. Discussants: Christina Davis, Heather McKibben

Regional Organizations

  • Martijn Huysmans (KU Leuven), Heterogeneity, Vetoes and Exit Clauses in Federal Systems. Discussants: Renee Bowen, Nina Obermeier
  • Nikitas Konstantinidis (IE University), Hande Mutlu-Eren (New York University), Konstantinos Matakos (King’s College London), Take Back Control? The Effects of Supranational Integration on Political Extremism and Party-system Polarization. Discussants: David Bearce, Jon Pevehouse
  • Cassandra Emmons (Princeton University), Regional Organizations as Democracy Enforcers: The Design of Suspension Clauses in the EU, OAS, and AU. Discussants: Nina Obermeier, Timothy Taylor
  • Inken von Borzyskowski (Florida State University), Felicity Vabulas (Pepperdine University), The Costs of Membership Withdrawal from International Organizations. Discussants: Julia Gray, Heather McKibben

Multilateral Aid and Loans

  • Bernhard Reinsberg (University of Cambridge), Thomas Stubbs (Royal Holloway College London), Alexander Kentikelenis (University of Oxford), Does the IMF Help Raise Tax Revenue? Evidence from a Disaggregated Analysis. Discussants: Lawrence Broz, Elena McLean
  • Saliha Metinsoy (University of Groningen), Merih Angin (University of Oxford), IMF and Democracy: Curtailing Representation. Discussants: Samuel Brazys, Tal Sadeh
  • Benjamin A. T. Graham (University of Southern California), Kelebogile Zvobgo (University of Southern California), The World Bank as an Enforcer of Human Rights. Discussants: Axel Dreher, Erica Gould
  • Ayse Kaya (Swarthmore College), Byungwon Woo (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies), China and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: The Influence-Legitimacy Tradeoff. Discussants: Dan Honig, Christopher Kilby
  • Chris Humphrey, Katharina Michaelowa (University of Zurich), China in Africa: Competition for “Traditional” Development Finance Institutions? Discussants: Dan Honig, Christina Schneider
  • Zareh Asatryan (ZEW), Annika Havlik (University of Mannheim and ZEW), Multilateral Lending to European Regions: Who Gets the Funds and What are the Effects? Discussants: Brandy Jolliff Scott, Jonas Tallberg
  • Ahsan Kibria (Utah State University and Islamic Development Bank), Reza Oladi (Utah State University), Ryan Bosworth (Utah State University), Political Economy of Arab Aid: Developmental or Geopolitical Solidarity. Discussants: Elena McLean, Eyal Rubinson
  • Brandon De La Cuesta (Princeton University), Lucy Martin (University North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Helen Milner (Princeton University), Daniel Nielson (Brigham Young University), Owning It: Accountability and Citizens’ Ownership over Aid, Oil, and Taxes. Discussants: Stephen Chaudoin, Erasmus Kersting

Basel and Paris

  • Elias Bengtsson (European Central Bank), The Political Economy of Basel III. Discussants: Volker Nitsch, Eyal Rubinson
  • Gong Cheng (European Stability Mechanism), Javier Diaz Cassou (Inter-American Development Bank), Aitor Erce (European Stability Mechanism), From Debt Collection to Relief Provision: 60 Years of Official Debt Restructurings through the Paris Club. Discussants: Julien Reynaud, Tal Sadeh


  • Daniel Maliniak (College of William and Mary), Eric Parajon (College of William and Mary), Ryan Powers (Yale University), When Do Experts Matter? Epistemic Communities and Public Support for Climate Cooperation. Discussants: Thomas Bernauer, Tana Johnson
  • Nada Maamoun (University of Hamburg), International Environmental Agreements: Empirical Evidence of a Hidden Success. Discussants: Sam Rowan, Mike Tierney

Trade, Investment, and Labor

  • Lindsay Dolan (Columbia University), Labeling Laggards and Leaders: International Organizations and the Politics of Defining Development. Discussants: Yoram Haftel, Christoph Mikulaschek
  • Fangjin Ye (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics), The Impact of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) on Collective Labor Rights in Developing Countries. Discussants: Tomer Broude, Rachel Wellhausen
  • Wen-Chin Wu (Academia Sinica), Preferential Trade Agreements, Democracy, and the Risk of Coups d’état. Discussants: Ryan Brutger, Tobias Hofmann
  • Damian Raess (World Trade Institute, University of Bern), Wanlin Ren (World Trade Institute, University of Bern), Patrick Wagner (World Trade Institute, University of Bern), Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment Flows and UN Voting Realignment. Discussants: Gabriele Spilker, Alexander Thompson
  • Julia Samwer (University of Hamburg), The Effect of ILO Conventions on Labor Standards. The Structural Change. Discussants: David Bearce, Layna Mosley

6:30 pm Dinner

(Location: tba)


Saturday, February 10, 2018

(Location: Fluno Center, Room tba)

9:00-10:45 am Session 8: Public Support for IOs

Chair: Michael J. Tierney

  • David Bearce (University of Colorado at Boulder), Brandy Jolliff Scott (Midwestern State University), Popular Opposition to International Organizations: How Extensive and What Does this Represent? Discussion openers: Johannes Karreth, Inken von Borzyskowski
  • Stephen Chaudoin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Terrence Chapman (University of Texas at Austin), Public Reactions to International Legal Institutions: The ICC in a Developing Democracy. Discussion openers: Merih Angin, Tomer Broude
  • Thomas Bernauer (ETH Zurich), Vally Koubi (ETH Zurich), Steffen Mohrenberg (ETH Zurich), Effects of Procedure and Output on Public Support for International Governance. Discussion openers: Daniel Nielson, Eric Parajon

10:45-11:15 am Break

11:15-1:00 pm Session 9: Dispute Settlement

Chair: Peter Rosendorff

  • Rachel Wellhausen (University of Texas at Austin), International Investment Law and Foreign Direct Reinvestment. Discussion openers: Layna Mosley, Felicity Vabulas
  • Ryan Brutger (University of Pennsylvania), Brian Rathbun (University of Southern California), Style over Substance: How Negotiation Process Affects Support for International Agreements in the Mass Public. Discussion openers: Iain Osgood, Julia Samwer
  • Alexander Thompson (Ohio State University), Yoram Haftel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Tomer Broude (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), How Does Arbitration Affect Regulatory Space in Investment Agreements? Discussion openers: Fangjin Ye, Wen-Chin Wu

1:00-2:15 pm Lunch

(Location: tba)

2:15-4:00 pm Session 10: Conflict, Climate, and the IMF

Chair: Axel Dreher

  • Johannes Karreth (Ursinus College), Jason Quinn (University of Notre Dame), Madhav Joshi (University of Notre Dame), Jaroslav Tir (University of Colorado Boulder), Third Parties and Political Contestation in Domestic Armed Conflicts. Discussion openers: Christina Davis, Christoph Mikulaschek
  • Sam Rowan (University of Oxford), Participation and Cooperation in Global Climate Governance: New Evidence from the Regime Level. Discussion openers: Daniel Maliniak, Ryan Powers
  • Nicolas Maeder (Vanderbilt University), Jean-Guillaume Poulain (International Monetary Fund), Julien Reynaud (International Monetary Fund), Assessing Idiosyncratic and Aggregate IMF Lending: An Exponential Model of Sample Selection. Discussion openers: Lawrence Broz, Bernhard Reinsberg

4:00-4:15 pm: Closing Remarks

7:00 pm Dinner (optional, at own expense)

(Location: tba)


Sunday, February 11, 2018

6:50 am Cross Country Ski Trip (optional, at own expense and risk)