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Pathways and mechanisms

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Pathways and mechanisms of global cooperation (2018–2020)


Global cooperation can only be sustainable if it unfolds as a process over time. Cooperation, in our understanding, involves extensive and intensive collaboration among two or more parties in addressing a collective problem of global scale. By sustainable we mean the creation of dependable patterns of cooperation that are robust in moments of crises. Studying both successful instances and failed attempts of cooperation and investigating how they in turn foster or hamper further cooperation helps to shed light on questions such as the durability, reversibility, linearity or changeability of global governance arrangements. When we observe these processes as patterns of cooperation between public, business and civil society actors, we aim for a systematic understanding of pathways, mechanisms and trajectories of global cooperation. By taking a systematic longitudinal perspective and theorizing which underlying mechanisms reinforce or undermine processes of cooperation in different local, national and regional settings, we may also gain a better understanding of the evolution of complex and often polycentric global governance arrangements.

Therefore, common interests of the research group are theoretical, methodological and substantive issues related to the study of the temporality and dynamics of global cooperation. 

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