Fragmentation and Complexity in Global Governance (FCGG)


The aim of the FCGG research network is to foster international scientific exchanges and dialogues on regime complexes and institutional fragmentation. Due the growing proliferation of international institutions and regimes, many issues in world politics today fall under the authority of multiple institutions, both private and public. Such a composite galaxy of international institutions and regimes that are valid or active in a particular area has been dubbed a ‘regime complex’. Regime complexes have attracted the attention of a growing number of scholars of world politics as they beg important theoretical questions pertaining to their origins, consequences, and management. The aim of the research network is to sustain and expand inter-disciplinary research into regime complexes.

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Selected Publications

Faude, Benjamin/Gehring, Thomas (2017): "Regime Complexes as Governance Systems". In: Wayne Sandholtz/Christopher A. Whytock (Eds.): Research Handbook on the Politics of International Law. Research Handbooks in International Law Series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, S. 176-203.
Faude, Benjamin (2015): Von Konkurrenz zu Arbeitsteilung. Komplexität und Dynamik im Zusammenspiel internationaler Institutionen. Staatlichkeit im Wandel, Bd. 25. Frankfurt a.M./New York, NY: Campus, 197 S. (Dissertation)
Faude, Benjamin (2015): "Zur Dynamik inter-organisationaler Beziehungen. Wie aus Konkurrenz Arbeitsteilung entsteht". In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Sonderheft 49 "Internationale Organisationen. Autonomie, Politisierung, interorganisationale Beziehungen und Wandel", herausgegeben von Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt/Martin Koch/Andrea Liese. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, S. 294-321.
Gehring, Thomas/Faude, Benjamin (2014): "A Theory of Emerging Order within Institutional Complexes. How Competition among Regulatory International Institutions Leads to Institutional Adaptation and Division of Labor". In: Review of International Organizations, Vol. 9, No. 4, S. 471-498. (Vorab online publiziert 15. Juni 2014)
Zürn, Michael/Faude, Benjamin (2013): "On Fragmentation, Differentiation, and Coordination". In: Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 13, No. 3, S. 119-130.
Gehring, Thomas/Faude, Benjamin (2013): "The Dynamics of Regime Complexes. Microfoundations and Systemic Effects". In: Global Governance - A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, Vol. 19, No. 1, Special Focus "Regime Complexity", S. 119-130.

Faude, Benjamin (2011): 'Paradoxe Verrechtlichtung. Wie Streitschlichtungsmechanismen interagieren,' Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, 18:1, pp. 77-108.

Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Cooperation partners
• Ghent Institute for International Studies, Ghent University (coordinating institution; project lead: Assistant Professor Thijs Van de Graaf)
• Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (project lead: Professor Sebastian Oberthür)
• Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics, Antwerp University (project lead: Professor Dirk De Bièvre)
• Center for Research in Political Science, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (project lead: Professor Amandine Orsini)
• Canada Research Chair in IPE, Université Laval (project lead, Professor Jean-Fréderic Morin)
• Environmental Politics Research Group, Lund University (project lead, Associate Professor Fariborz Zelli)
• Chair of International Relations, University of Bamberg (project lead, Professor Thomas Gehring)
• Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne University (project lead, Associate Professor Margaret Young).
• Stockholm Environment Institute, Oxford (project lead, Dr. Harro van Asselt)
• Global Governance Research Unit, WZB Berlin Social Science Center (project lead, Dr. Benjamin Faude)

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