The renowned Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP) just published the Research Unit IPA’s first special issue „Governance by international public administrations? Tools of bureaucratic influence and effects on global public policies“, featuring articles both by members of the Research Unit and several distinguished external experts with whom the Research Unit collaborates. The special issue tackles one of the crunch questions of international relations and public administration research: The influence administrations have on the realization of global public policy. Using various methodological approaches—from social network analysis to qualitative case studies—and analytical angles—from administrative styles to budget processes—the articles examine determinants of administrative influence in several international organizations, such as the OSCE, the European Union or the UN climate secretariat. Overall we are beginning to understand that international public administration constitutes a distinct kind of bureaucracy with its very own administrative tools and strategies to influence policy-making.

Several articles are discussed at the Journal’s web blog which can be accessed here:


The special issue includes the following articles:

  • Christoph Knill and Michael Bauer, Policy-making by international public administrations: concepts, causes and consequences, Link
  • Steffen Eckhard and Jörn Ege, International bureaucracies and their influence on policy-making: a review of empirical evidence, Link
  • Helge Jörgens, Nina Kolleck and Barbara Saerbeck, Exploring the hidden influence of international treaty secretariats: using social network analysis to analyse the Twitter debate on the ‘Lima Work Programme on Gender’, Link
  • Arthur Benz, Andreas Corcaci and Jan Wolfgang Doser, Unravelling multilevel administration. Patterns and dynamics of administrative co-ordination in European governance, Link
  • Michael W. Bauer and Jörn Ege, Bureaucratic autonomy of international organizations’ secretariats, Link
  • Klaus H. Goetz and Ronny Patz, Pressured budgets and the European Commission: towards a more centralized EU budget administration?, Link
  • Christoph Knill, Steffen Eckhard and Stephan Grohs, Administrative styles in the European Commission and the OSCE Secretariat: striking similarities despite different organizational settings, Link
  • Jonas Tallberg, Thomas Sommerer, Theresa Squatrito and Magnus Lundgren, The performance of international organizations: a policy output approach, Link
  • Jarle Trondal, Advances to the study of international public administration, Link