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"Timescapes of International Administrations: Time Rules and Time Horizons of Planning and Budgeting"

The Project on “Timescapes of International Administrations: Time Rules and Time Horizons of Planning and Budgeting” analyses the temporality of international public administrations (IPAs), narrowly defined as the administrative bodies of international organizations. How does time as an institution and as a resource affect the distribution of power within international administrations? Which actors are advantaged by the specific manner in which time is institutionalized and by opportunities for the discretionary use of time? And how do institutional timescapes and the typical scope for time tactics and strategies – i.e., time as a resource – affect policy profiles in international administrations?

In its first phase, the project investigates the relationship between political councils and administrations. To what extent are administrative timescapes autonomous vis-à-vis political directives? Do councils act as “timesetters” of planning and budgeting at administrative level? Furthermore, from an intraorganizational perspective, it asks which groups of bureaucratic actors are systematically advantaged by the time rules and time horizons of planning and budgeting: Does a time-centered analysis of IPAs suggest hierarchical and centralized organizational patterns?

The project promises to open up a new research agenda by foregrounding the temporality of international administrations. Such a time-centered analysis has the potential to yield novel insights into the organizational characteristics of international administrations. Being part of a greater project on “International Public Administration” funded by the DFG, it also hopes to contribute to a broader understanding of the processes, organizational forms and possible influences of these actors.


The project is part of the DFG-Funded Reseach Unit on International Public Administration