Modelling the Relations of Fundamental Institutions and International Organizations

  • Cornelia Navari
Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations book series (PSIR)


This chapter models international society as a two-level structure, made up of primary or foundation institutions, as that term was understood by Hedley Bull, and international organizations. It suggests that the two sorts of institutions have a non-deterministic but probabilistic relationship in which primary institutions constrain international organizations, while international organizations introduce changes into primary institutions. The model is a construct out of intimations, suggestions and finally modelling stricto sensu contained in six key arguments concerning the relations of fundamental institutions and international organizations. It is a process model that outlines, in ideal form, how messages are conceived, the routes that they take, when they are likely to be frustrated and by what agency. It suggests both structure and agency and shows how they are related.


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  • Cornelia Navari
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  1. 1.University of BuckinghamBuckinghamUK

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