Death of International Organizations

The proliferation of international organizations (IOs) in the post-WW2 era has prompted international relations scholars to look in-depth at their formation and effectiveness. When and why these organizations die has by comparison been conspicuously absent from research, even though both recent events and more historical data show that IO termination is not unusual. This project examines at IO death by first conceptualizing the phenomenon and showing the different types of death that can occur, and second, looking at the effects of individual member states’ actions and preferences on IO termination. An integral part of the project is constructing a new data set detailing the existence status of IOs since 1945 and using this is subsequent multilevel analyses.