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Depth, ambition and width in regional economic organizations

Slapin, Jonathan B and Gray, Julia (2014) 'Depth, ambition and width in regional economic organizations.' Journal of European Public Policy, 21 (5). pp. 730-745. ISSN 1350-1763

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Many have argued that international agreements face a trade-off between width and depth: that is, that having more members (and greater diversity among those members) tends to lead to lower levels of co-operation within an organization. Recent theoretical literature has called into question the nature of this trade-off, and has even questioned its existence. In this contribution, we seek to uncover the empirical relationship between width and depth using a cross-sectional dataset on regional economic organizations (REOs). We use expert survey data to capture information on key dimensions that taps into the depth of co-operation. We demonstrate that there is no empirical relationship between the number of members in an organization and the depth of co-operation. However, organizations with more members tend to have more ambitious goals and broader scope. This may contribute to the perception of a depth and breadth tradeoff. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: institutional design; expansion; institutional effectiveness; Enlargement; international organization.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 16:04
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:46

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