The 2nd Annual Conference

 The Political Economy of International Organizations

January 29 – 31, 2009

The 2nd international conference on the political economy of international organizations aims at bringing together economists and political scientists working on the political economy of international organizations, in particular the UN, the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO and the EU. It deals with questions of the institutional structure of these organizations, their impact on the incentives of the international bureaucracy, and the effects of these incentives on policy outcomes and administrative efficiency. Moreover, incentives of other political actors interacting with these institutions  are considered, in particular individual governments, commercial lobbies and NGOs. Related to this, there is a discussion on the relationship between the policy of international organizations and the political economy within individual countries.

Finally, it is also considered to what extent the expansion of the field of activities of some organizations or the introduction of new international organizations challenges other already existing ones, which new incentives arise out of this situation and how individual organizations react to this challenge.

An international conference organized by:

Conference Venue:

University of Geneva and the Auditorium Jacques Freymond (AJF), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


Registration and Accommodation:

Speakers are expected to cover their own expenses. Partial refunding of travel expenses (flight and accommodation) for participants from developing countries can be considered on request following acceptance of the paper. There will be no registration fee.

Find information on the conference location Map
The exact conference building is marked with a “1”.

Find information on accomodation:
Hotel Eden Geneva
Hotel Mon Repos
The hotels are across the street from one another.


Submission of Papers:

The conference proceedings will be published in a special issue of the Review of International Organizations (Springer), subject to the usual refereeing process. Submission to the special issue is not mandatory.


Download the call for papers