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Managing Budget Conflicts in International Organisations: A Comparison of EU, ILO and WHO

Paper accepted for the ECPR General Conference, Montreal, 26-29 August 2015

Managing Budget Conflicts in International Organisations: A Comparison of EU, ILO and WHO

by Ronny Patz & Klaus H. Goetz

Abstract:

"Budgeting is one of the most complex procedures in international organisations, as it requires
multi-level and multi-temporal coordination between many actors. In addition, IOs are faced with
divergent priorities of their members and demands for zero budget growth leading to increased
conflicts over how to distribute limited resources. To better understand how budget conflicts are
managed, the present paper reviews previous scholarship on IO budgeting and, against this
background, establishes (i) institutionalisation and (ii) routinisation of budget procedures as key
variables for analysing the temporal dimension of budgeting processes and degrees of (iii)
autonomy, (iv) centralisation and (v) concentration as key dimensions along which to compare
the roles of international administrations in budgeting. It presents an initial descriptive
comparison of budgeting in the EU, the ILO, and the WHO alongside these dimensions to assess
core similarities and differences in the budget timescape and administrative power distribution in
these three international organisations."

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