Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Public opinion on institutional designs for the United Nations: an international survey experiment

Ghassim, Farsan, Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias ORCID: 0000-0003-4637-9477 and Cabrera, Luis (2022) Public opinion on institutional designs for the United Nations: an international survey experiment. International Studies Quarterly, 66 (3). ISSN 1468-2478

[img] Text (Koenig-Archibugi_public-opinion-on-institutional-designs--published) - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (1MB)

Identification Number: 10.1093/isq/sqac027


Scholars and policy makers have intensely debated institutional reforms of the United Nations (UN) since its creation. Yet, relatively little attention has been given to institutional design preferences among the public in UN member states. This study examines two questions: Which possible rules concerning UN authority and representation do citizens prefer? Which personal and country characteristics are associated with their varying institutional preferences? A population-based conjoint survey experiment conducted in Argentina, China, India, Russia, Spain, and the United States is used to identify public preferences on nine distinct institutional design dimensions figuring prominently in UN reform debates. We find widespread support for increasing or at least maintaining UN authority over member states and for handing control over its decision-making to UN organs that would represent the citizens of every member state more directly. Citizens’ institutional preferences are associated with their political values and vary depending on whether their home countries would gain or lose influence from a specific reform.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2022 17:00
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2022 12:57

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics