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Two logics of indirect governance : delegation and orchestration

Published on Oct 1, 2016in British Journal of Political Science 4.29
· DOI :10.1017/S0007123414000593
Kenneth W. Abbott26
Estimated H-index: 26
(ASU: Arizona State University),
Philipp Genschel17
Estimated H-index: 17
(EUI: European University Institute)
+ 1 AuthorsBernhard Zangl14
Estimated H-index: 14
(LMU: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
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This article introduces the concept of orchestration as the mobilization of an intermediary by an orchestrator on a voluntary basis in pursuit of a joint governance goal. Orchestrator-Intermediary theory then provides a model of indirect governance that supplements delegation models premised on principal-agent theory. Under both theories, governors enhance their governance capacity by drawing on the capabilities of third parties. Whereas delegation is premised on hard ‘contractual’ control over the agent, however, orchestration relies on the soft control of like-minded intermediaries through material and ideational support. The two models overlap, and governors mix them in practice, but distinguishing between them analytically can broaden and deepen analysis of indirect forms of governance. This article discusses the circumstances under which each model provides a better fit for real-world problems, as well as the key limitations of each model. Among other things, orchestration is relatively more likely in democratic than authoritarian systems, when governors have limited direct capacities of their own and when veto players are more numerous. Orchestration is not always more desirable than delegation, but it provides an important alternative in some circumstances. Multiple examples from both domestic and international settings are used to illustrate this claim. The article closes with key considerations regarding the effectiveness and legitimacy of orchestration.
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Published on Dec 1, 2015in Organization Studies 3.54
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Estimated H-index: 6
(Warw.: University of Warwick),
Giovan Francesco Lanzara15
Estimated H-index: 15
(UNIBO: University of Bologna)
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Published on Jul 1, 2014in British Journal of Political Science 4.29
Gráinne de Búrca17
Estimated H-index: 17
(NYU: New York University),
Robert O. Keohane60
Estimated H-index: 60
(Princeton University),
Charles F. Sabel36
Estimated H-index: 36
(Columbia University)
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Estimated H-index: 6
(Drexel University),
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Estimated H-index: 11
(OSU: Ohio State University)
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Published on May 11, 2014in Annual Review of Political Science 3.92
Philipp Genschel17
Estimated H-index: 17
(EUI: European University Institute),
Bernhard Zangl14
Estimated H-index: 14
(LMU: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
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Published on Jan 1, 2014
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Estimated H-index: 18
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Estimated H-index: 2
+ 3 AuthorsBernhard Zangl14
Estimated H-index: 14
Published on Jan 1, 2014
Kenneth W. Abbott26
Estimated H-index: 26
(ASU: Arizona State University),
Philipp Genschel17
Estimated H-index: 17
(EUI: European University Institute)
+ 1 AuthorsBernhard Zangl14
Estimated H-index: 14
(LMU: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
Part I. Introduction: 1. Orchestration: global governance through intermediaries Kenneth W. Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal and Bernhard Zangl Part II. Managing States: 2. Orchestrating policy implementation: EU governance through regulatory networks Michael Blauberger and Berthold Rittberger 3. Orchestration on a tight leash: state oversight of the WTO Manfred Elsig 4. Orchestration by design: the G20 in international financial regulation Lora Anne Viola 5. Efficient orchestration? The ...
Published on Jan 1, 2014
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Estimated H-index: 26
,
Philipp Genschel17
Estimated H-index: 17
+ 1 AuthorsBernhard Zangl14
Estimated H-index: 14
Published on Aug 6, 2012
Kenneth W. Abbott26
Estimated H-index: 26
(ASU: Arizona State University),
Philipp Genschel17
Estimated H-index: 17
(EUI: European University Institute)
+ 1 AuthorsBernhard Zangl14
Estimated H-index: 14
(LMU: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
This paper develops a conceptual framework for analyzing orchestration, a mode of governance that is widely used by international organizations (IGOs) and other governance actors, but rarely identified or analyzed. IGOs engage in orchestration when they enlist intermediary actors on a voluntary basis, by providing them with ideational and material support, to address target actors in pursuit of IGO governance goals. Orchestration is thus both indirect (because the IGO acts through intermediaries...
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Estimated H-index: 18
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Estimated H-index: 6
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Estimated H-index: 5
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Estimated H-index: 26
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Philipp Genschel17
Estimated H-index: 17
(EUI: European University Institute)
+ 1 AuthorsBernhard Zangl3
Estimated H-index: 3
(LMU: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
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Estimated H-index: 14
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Abstract Cities are key in climate mitigation and adaptation, and they have developed into sites of innovative urban climate governance that can spur on climate action. Building on this development, a rich scholarship (within earth system governance and beyond) is now available that seeks to understand the development and performance of urban climate governance around the world. This article systematically reviews a decade of urban climate governance scholarship (building on 260 publications fro...
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Estimated H-index: 20
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