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Reactive sequences in global health governance

Hanrieder, Tine and Zürn, Michael (2017) Reactive sequences in global health governance. In: Fioretos, Orfeo, (ed.) International Politics and Institutions in Time. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 93 - 116. ISBN 9780198744023

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Identification Number: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744023.003.0005


Historical institutionalism (HI) is criticized for over-emphasizing stability and linearity in global institutions. The authors argue that both institutional stability and change can be due to path-dependent processes. Yet, while self-reinforcing mechanisms are amply discussed in the HI literature, the self-undermining effects of institutions are less frequently theorized in HI, especially in International Relations. Against this background, the authors develop a set of propositions about path-dependent reactive sequences, first by delineating the concept of reactive sequences from self-reinforcing processes, second by suggesting two archetypes of reactive sequences in IR (power–outcome decoupling and the authority–legitimation link), and third by illustrating this argument with developments in global health governance.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2017 Oxford University Press
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2020 14:03
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2023 14:35

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