Project B2 has submitted to panels on "Governance Transfer by Regional Organizations", which will inter alia be used to present the results of the case studies.
At the third project workshop, the different regional experts will convene again and discuss the results of their case studies. These reports will be published as working papers by the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700. In addition, the workshop shall be used to prepare the publication of an edited volume.
At the 2012 ISA Conference, the B2 Project contributed to a panel called "International Governance Transfers: How External Actors Change Domestic Political Orders". Thomas Risse (FU Berlin) chaired, Stephen D. Krasner (Stanford University) was the discussant.
The following papers were presented on the panel:
In December 2011, project B2 will host a second workshop with the regional experts:
The experts presented and discussed the first results of their case studies. These reports alllowed for a comparison between the different regions: Do we observe a "global script" of governance transfer, or are there substantial differences between the activities of different regional organizations?
In this seminar, taught by Tanja Börzel and Vera van Hüllen for MA students at Otto Suhr Institute, the concepts of project B2 are applied in in the context of a university seminar.
The course investigates the transfer of governance institutions by regional organizations in and to areas of limited statehood. We will map the objectives, approaches and instruments these external actors use to promote the creation and transformation of legitimate governance institutions in target countries. A comparison of major regional organizations shall enable us to evaluate to what extent we can observe the diffusion of a global governance script. Do regional organizations demand and promote similar criteria for "good governance" institutions, or do regional and local path dependencies prevail? Our final goal is to account for similarities and differences within and between regional organizations and gain first insights into the effectiveness and legitimacy of regional governance transfer in and to areas of limited statehood.
The project B2 organizes a panel on “The Transformative Power of Regions? Governance Export and Regional Organizations” in which a number of experts involved in the project are going to present their preliminary findings. The panel will include, among others, the following papers:
Since the end of the Cold War, international organizations and states have developed programs to promote (good) governance in third countries. Development cooperation, for instance, has become a primary tool for exporting governance institutions, such as the rule of law or democracy. The broad mandate of regional organizations, including the European Union, Mercosur or ASEAN, allows them to actively promote the development of legitimate governance institutions in their member states and third countries. Thereby, they may not only foster the evolution of regional but also induce the transformation of national order. The panel "The Tranformative Power of Regions? Governance Export and Regional Organizations" investigates the role of regional organizations in the export of governance institutions. Papers shall analyze the objectives, approaches and instruments these external actors use to promote the creation and transformation of governance institutions in target countries. The comparison of major regional organizations shall enable us to discuss to what extent we can observe the diffusion of a global governance script. Do regional organizations demand and promote 'good governance' institutions in their member states or third countries, and if they do, do they adopt similar criteria, or do regional and local path dependencies prevail? Our panel covers major regional organizations from across the globe, such as the EU, Mercosur, ASEAN, NAFTA, the African Union or the League of Arab States.
Tanja A. Börzel and Vera van Hüllen presented a paper on “Good Governance and Bad Neighbours. The End of Transformative Power Europe?” in the panel 9K “The Scope and Limits of EU External Governance: Comparative Perspectives” chaired by Sandra Lavenex, University of Lucerne. The paper draws on findings of the first phase of the B2 project. It compares the development of effective and democratic governance in new member states, current accession candidates, and neighbouring countries and challenges the perceived role of membership conditionality for EU governance transfer to third countries.
In December 2010, the B2 project held its first workshop with external experts on regional organizations in Berlin. The main objectives of the workshop were, on the one hand, to discuss the joint framework for analyzing governance transfer and, on the other hand, to present first results on the governance transfer by various regional organizations. After a general presentation on the SFB and the B2 project, Joseph Jupille from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Stephen D. Krasner from Stanford University opened the conceptual and theoretical debate about the analytical framework.
Then, the different experts presented a first overview about “their” regional organization and its governance transfer: