Completed Research - The Anatomy of Informal Governance
Principal Investigator: Dr Jochen Prantl.
Jochen Prantl's (Nuffield College) work on The Anatomy of Informal Governance seeks to uncover the dynamics between informal institutions such as contact and core groups and formal international organizations in the management of risk and conflict. He is particularly interested in exploring the conditions under which the relationship between formal and informal institutions may be mutually reinforcing - especially the way in which the latter may promote a positive balance between the competing demands of inclusiveness, efficiency, informality, transparency, and accountability. Jochen was awarded £157,315 under the new ESRC First Grants Scheme, which allowed him to conduct a three-year research project entitled 'Whither Multilateralism? International Security Institutions and Informal Groups of States.' The primary aim of the project was to open up and develop a new research agenda that undertakes a cross-institutional and cross-regional comparison of the dynamic relationship between informal groups of states and international security institutions in the management of risk and conflict. It seeks to highlight implications for our understanding of power, legitimacy, and change within theories of governance. The project started on 1 January, 2007 and ended on 30 June, 2010.