Program and Papers 2008

Program of the 1st Annual Conference on

The Political Economy of International Organizations

February 3 – 8, 2008

Room check-in Sunday 03/02/2008 starting at 13:00
Conference registration starting at 14:15

Paper packet of all conferences papers (13.3MB .zip file)



Sunday, February 3, 2008

16.30-16.40 Opening / Introduction

16.40-17.00 The History of Monte Verità, Claudia Lafranchi

17.00-18.00 Keynote 1

Bruno S. Frey (University of Zurich), Outside and inside competition for international organizations. From analysis to innovation.

18.00-19.30 Session 1: General issues and recent debates

Chair: Axel Dreher

Ira N. Gang (Rutgers University), Gil S. Epstein (Bar Ilan University), The political economy of the internal relations of international organizations, Discussion: Lawrence Broz, Nikitas Konstantinidis.

Simon Hug (University of Zurich and CIS), Bargaining, delegation and enforcement in international organizations, Discussion: Ales Bulir, Michael Tierney.

Dan Maliniak (U.C. San Diego), Michael J. Tierney (College of William and Mary), The Study of International Organizations within (American) Political Science, Discussion: Raymond Ritter, Bruno Frey.

19.30 Dinner



Monday, February 4, 2008

9.00-10.00 Keynote 2

Jakob de Haan (University of Groningen), The communication policy of the ECB: An assessment.

10.00-10.15 Coffee Break

10.15-11.45 Session 2: The Political Economy of UN Organizations

Chair: Bruno Frey

Franziska Brantner, Thomas König (University of Mannheim), The Reformability of the United Nations, Discussion: Parvin Alizadeh, Inge Kaul.

Florens Flues, Axel Michaelowa, Katharina Michaelowa (University of Zurich and CIS), UN approval of greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in developing countries: The political economy of the CDM Executive Board, Discussion: Thomas König, Thomas Bernauer.

Varun Gauri (World Bank), What Difference do Human Rights Treaties Make? The Convention on the Rights of the Child and Basic Immunization, Discussion: Mohammed Abouharb, Mark Thompson-Schneebeli.

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Session 3: The Political Economy of the IMF (I)

Chair: Silvia Marchesi

Martin Gonzalez-Eiras (Universidad de San Andrés), Quotas and Voting Shares in the IMF: Theory and Evidence, Discussion: Mark Copelovitch, Martin Paldam.

Marcel Fratzscher, Julien Reynaud (European Central Bank), Is IMF Surveillance Even-handed? Discussion: Jeffrey Chwieroth, Mohammed Abouharb.

Christian Thimann, Christian Just, Raymond Ritter (European Central Bank), The Governance of the IMF: How a dual board structure could raise the effectiveness and legitimacy of a key global institution, Discussion: Laura Sabani, Ruxanda Berlinschi.

15.00-15.15 Coffee Break

15.15-16.45 Session 4: The Political Economy of the WTO (I)

Chair: Simon Hug

Thomas Sattler (Princeton University), Thomas Bernauer (ETH Zurich, CIS), Dispute initiation in the WTO, Discussion: Susanne Neheider, Mark Copelovitch.

Christian Bjørnskov (Aarhus University), The collapse in the Doha round – who’s to blame? Discussion: Manfred Elsig, Mayur Patel.

Manfred Elsig (World Trade Institute), Agency Theory and the WTO: Complex Agency and “Missing Delegation”? Discussion: Justina Fischer, Raymond Ritter.

16.45-17.15 Coffee Break

17.15-18.45 Session 5: The Political Economy of the World Bank (I)

Chair: Ira Gang

Kathryn Lavelle (Case Western Reserve University), The US congress, interest groups, and policy change in the World Bank, Discussion: Roland Vaubel, Florens Flues.

Ashwin Kaja (Harvard College), Eric Werker (Harvard Business School), Institutionalized Insiders: Board membership and loan commitments at the World Bank, Discussion: James Vreeland, Martin Paldam.

Hristos Doucouliagos (Deakin University), Martin Paldam (Aarhus University), A meta-analysis of development aid allocation: The effects of income level and population size, Discussion: Christopher Kilby, Stefanie Bailer.

19.15 Dinner



Tuesday, February 5, 2008

9.00-10.00 Keynote 3

Lawrence Broz (University of California, San Diego), Congressional Voting on Funding the International Financial Institutions.

10.00-10.15 Coffee Break

10.15-11.45 Session 6: The Political Economy of the EU (I)

Chair: Jakob de Haan

Stefanie Bailer (University of Zurich), A political economy of preferences in EU negotiations, Discussion: Justina Fischer, Nicola Maaser.

Friedrich Heinemann, Philipp Mohl, Steffen Osterloh, (Centre for European Economic Research), Who’s afraid of an EU tax and why? Discussion: Michael Lamla, Pierre-Guillaume Méon.

Nicola Maaser (University of Hamburg), Lobby cartels and the status quo, Discussion: Ales Bulir, Jose Fernandez-Albertos.

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Session 7: The Political Economy of the IMF (II)

Chair: Randall Stone

Axel Dreher, Martin Gassebner (ETH Zurich, KOF Swiss Economic Insitute), Do IMF and World Bank programs induce government crises? Discussion: Lawrence Broz, Eric Werker.

Silvia Marchesi (University of Milano Bicocca), Laura Sabani (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Agency and Communication problems in IMF Conditional Lending, Discussion: Julien Reynaud, Jakob de Haan.

Bessma Momani (University of Waterloo), Getting a Seat at the IMF Executive Board Table, Discussion: Martin Gonzalez-Eiras, Inge Kaul.

15.00-15.15 Coffee Break

15.15-16.45 Session 8: The Political Economy of the WTO (II)

Chair: Thomas Bernauer

Mayur Patel (Oxford University), New faces in the green room: developing country coalitions and decision-making in the WTO, Discussion: Sebastian Wilckens, Estella Montado.

Todd Allee (University of Illinois), Clint Peinhardt (University of Texas at Dallas), Not the Least BIT Rational: An Empirical Test of the „Rational Design“ of Investment Treaties, Discussion: Stephanie Rickard, Friedrich Heinemann.

Robert Shum (Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies), Sinners or Sinned Against? Domestic Economic Institutions and the Political Economy of WTO Trade Complaints, Discussion: Todd Allee, Mohammed Sowah.

16.45-17.15 Coffee Break

17.15-18.45 Session 9: The Political Economy of the World Bank (II)

Chair: Christopher Kilby

Christa Hainz (University of Munich LMU), Hendrik Hakenes (Max Planck Institute, Bonn), The politician and his banker, Discussion: Kathryn Lavelle, Bruno Frey.

Tony Porter (McMaster University), The IMF, the World Bank, and the Inter-Play between power and efficiency in the politics of publicness, formality, and scale, Discussion: Franziska Brantner, Sophia Haenny.

Christopher Kilby (Vassar College), The political economy of conditionality: An empirical analysis for World Bank enforcement, Discussion: Eric Werker, Daniel Maliniak.

19.15 Departure for Conference Dinner



Wednesday, February 6, 2008

9.00-10.30 Session 10: Various

Chair: Stefanie Bailer

Etienne Farvaque (Université de Lille), Norimichi Matsueda (Kwansei Gakuin University), Pierre-Guillaume Méon (ULB Brussels), How committees reduce the volatility of policy rates, Discussion: Susanne Neheider, Christa Hainz.

Nikitas Konstantinidis (Princeton University), Gradualism and uncertainty in international union formation, Discussion: Ira Gang, Jeffrey Chwieroth.

Estela Montado, The Political Economy of Anti-dumping in Europe, Discussion: Martin Gassebner, Christian Bjørnskov.

10.30-10.45 Coffee Break

10.45-12.15 Session 11: The Political Economy of the IMF (III)

Chair: James Vreeland

Mark Copelovitch (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Master or Servant? Agency Slack and the politics of IMF Lending, Discussion: Laura Sabani, Martin Gassebner.

Jeffrey Chwieroth (London School of Economics), Cheerleading for Liberalization: The International Monetary Fund and Financial Globalization in Emerging Markets, Discussion: Randall Stone, Daniel Maliniak.

Randall Stone (Rochester University), The Scope of IMF Conditionality, Discussion: James Vreeland, Bessma Momani.

12.15-13.30 Lunch

14.00-18.00 Excursion to Bellinzona

19.15 Dinner



Thursday, February 7, 2008

9.00-10.00 Keynote 4

Roland Vaubel (University of Mannheim), The political economy of labor market regulation by the EU.

10.00-10.15 Coffee Break

10.15-11.45 Session 12: The Political Economy of the EU (II)

Chair: Martin Paldam

Justina Fischer (Stockholm School of Economics), Volker Hahn (ETH Zurich), Determinants of Trust in the European Central Bank, Discussion: Thomas König, Mark Thompson-Schneebeli.

Christian Conrad, Michael Lamla (ETH Zurich, KOF Swiss Economic Institute), The High-Frequency Response of the EUR-US Dollar Exchange Rate to ECB Monetary Policy Announcements, Discussion: Stefania Zotteri, Pierre-Guillaume Méon.

Thomas König (University of Mannheim), Why do veto players waste their time? Commissioners proposal power and member states scrutiny in EU legislative decision making, Discussion: Stefanie Bailer, Varun Gauri.

12.00-13.45 Lunch

13.45-15.15 Session 13: The Political Economy of the WTO (III)

Chair: Martin Gassebner

Sebastian Wilckens (Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel), Should WTO dispute settlement be subsidized? Discussion: Mayur Patel, Simon Hug.

Stephanie Rickard (Dublin City University), Choosing conflict: explaining non-compliance with GATT/WTO restrictions on narrow transfers, Discussion: Clint Peinhardt, Christian Bjørnskov.

Todd Allee (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Developing Countries and the Initiation of GATT/WTO Disputes, Discussion: Robert Shum, Manfred Elsig.

15.15-15.45 Coffee Break

15.45-17.15 Session 14: The Political Economy of the EMU

Chair: Roland Vaubel

Fabrizio Balassone, Daniele Franco, Stefania Zotteri (Banca d’Italia), The reliability of EMU fiscal indicators: Risks and safeguards, Discussion: Jose Fernandez-Albertos, Simon Hug.

Ales Bulir (IMF), Jaromir Hurnik (Czech National Bank), Maastricht inflation criterion and the choice of disinflation strategy in new member countries, Discussion: Roland Vaubel, Michael Tierney.

Jose Fernandez-Albertos (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals), The domestic institutional sources of monetary integration in the open economy, Discussion: Stefania Zotteri, Michael Lamla.

19.15 Dinner



Friday,  February 8, 2008

9.00-10.00 Keynote 5

James R. Vreeland (Yale University), The Political Economy of the UNSC.

10.00-10.15 Coffee Break

10.15-11.45 Session 15: The Political Economy of the IMF and the World Bank

Chair: Katharina Michaelowa

Axel Dreher (ETHZ), Stefanie Walter (UniZH), Does the IMF Help or Hurt? The Effect of IMF programs on the likelihood and outcome of currency crises, Discussion: Stephanie Rickard, Katharina Michaelowa.

Mohammed Abouharb (Louisiana State University), David L. Cingranelli (Binghampton University), The Human Rights Effects of International Monetary Fund Structural Adjustment Agreements, 1981-2003, Discussion: Tony Porter, Parvin Alizadeh.

Ruxanda Berlinschi (Toulouse School of Economics), Reputation concerns in aid conditionality, Discussion: Silvia Marchesi, Christa Hainz.

11.45 -12.00 p.m. Concluding remarks / end of conference