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UPDATE: Shortlisted PhD candidates have been informed

On the basis of 234 applications for 3 PhD positions, the selection committee has put together a shortlist of candidates. If you have not been contacted via email, this means you have unfortunately not been shortlisted. We will not provide individual feedback on applications, but we have explained the procedure here.

First conference paper available

We are pleased to announce that the first conference paper of this project is now available: Hylke Dijkstra (2019). Who gets to live forever? An Institutional Theory on the Life and Death of International Organizations. ECPR Joint Sessions, Mons, 8-12 April.

 

Welcome to the NestIOr research project

International organisations are currently under pressure. The World Health Organization was heavily criticized over its handling of the 2014 Ebola outbreak. The World Trade Organization seems incapable of mitigating an American-Chinese trade war. The United States quit UNESCO in 2018 and The United Kingdom will exit the EU in 2019. The ultimate way for states to show that international organisations have outlived their purpose is to disband them. This happens frequently: no less than a third of the international organisations created between 1905 and 2005 have formally ceased to exist.

This large research project seeks to complete the theory on the ‘life and death of international organisations’. We know how international organisations are designed and develop over time. Yet we know virtually nothing about decline and death. The project therefore addresses the question why do international organisations decline or die? The main hypothesis is that some international organisations live longer due to their institutional characteristics. Through a mixed-methods research approach, this project aims to develop an institutional theory on the final stage in the life of international organisations.