International Organizations and Organizational Fields: Explaining Policy Changes in the IMF

Antje Vetterlein, Manuela Moschella

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    The purpose of this paper is to account for varieties of organizational change. In particular, we contend that in order to explain change in international organizations (IOs) we cannot simply dichotomize between change and the lack thereof. Rather, change is best conceptualized as made up of two dimensions: speed and scope. The combination of the two dimensions leads to a taxonomy with four distinct types of policy change. The paper evaluates the emergence of different types of change by focusing on the relationship between IOs and their fields. Specifically, the position of the organization in the field helps to account for the speed of change (slow vs. rapid), whereas the openness of the organization to the inputs coming from the field helps to explain the scope of change (incremental vs. radical). We illustrate our argument by comparing the changes in the International Monetary Fund's policies in the areas of financial sector surveillance and poverty reduction.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftEuropean Political Science Review
    Vol/bind6
    Udgave nummer1
    Sider (fra-til)143-165
    Antal sider23
    ISSN1755-7739
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - feb. 2014

    Emneord

    • International organizations
    • Policy change
    • Institutionalism
    • Organizational field
    • IMF

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