Building: Faculty of Law Floor: 4 Room: FL401
The panel aims to bring together scholars from different academic backgrounds who share a common interest in the empirical study of bureaucratic autonomy of public organizations. Against the backdrop of a common conceptual interest, we invite papers with an empirical focus on international organizations (IGOs), international public administrations (i.e., IGO secretariats) as well as executive and regulatory agencies. The panel addresses two interrelated questions: How can autonomy be conceptualized and empirically studied across organizations and over time? What are the consequences of differences in autonomy for the policy-making capacities of public organizations? The panel is based on the observation that questions of organizational autonomy that have been raised in different (rather isolated) strands of research have converged in recent years and thus deserve more interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue. As a consequence of such an observable shift in focus toward the administrative basis of IGOs, the debates become increasingly compatible with questions raised in the context of Public Administration scholarship and agency research more specifically. Against the background of these developments, the panel aims to provide a platform where scholars can discuss and exchange their conceptualizations and empirical applications in order to enhance our understanding of autonomy and its consequences for the policy-making capacities of public organizations.