Last updated: November 5, 2017.
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Welcome to the homepage of the Measure of International Authority (MIA) dataset. MIA measures delegation and pooling of international authority for 76 international governmental organizations for 1950-2010. The MIA data are annual. We are working on an update through 2020. If you are planning to use the data or the documents posted here, please cite:

Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks, Tobias Lenz, Jeanine Bezuijen, Besir Ceka, Svet Derderyan. 2017. Measuring International Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Table of Contents*
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                                            Data and Documentation

The zip files contain three files:

  • MASTER dataset with raw data by IO-year for 374 coding variables (matrix=3295 x 374);
  • do file to extract delegation and pooling variables;
  • DP dataset with aggregate delegation and pooling variables, delegation and pooling by decision area,  and delegation and pooling by decision stage (matrix=3295 x 19).
    MIA data set: MIA_stata14  or MIA_stata13  (version of 10/29/17)








*The research was funded by the European Union’s Advanced European Research Council grant # 249543 “Causes and Consequences of Multilevel Governance.”

The scores produced in the Measure of International Authority (MIA) are akin to Lego blocks that summarize coherent ingredients of international governance that can be aggregated in different ways for different purposes. Chapter One discusses the theoretical-conceptual underpinnings: how we conceptualize international authority and press down the abstract concept into concrete indicators. Chapter Two sets out how we apply the coding scheme (Appendix II) to particular IOs. It makes explicit the rules that underpin our interpretations and how we deal with gray cases. It is intended to help the user traverse the gap between indicator and observation. Chapter Three scales up these indicators (or scores) to two dimensions of international authority, delegation and pooling, and provides a glimpse on delegation and pooling over time and across decision areas.

Replication of tables & figures in Ch1-3 (version 10/7/2017)

Appendices with supportive material (pre-publication):

  • Appendix I: List of international organizations
  • Appendix II: Coding schema used to produce codes in MASTER dataset
  • Appendix III: Tables with Delegation and Pooling by IO-year, decision area, decision stage, year


Publications/Working papers from team members

Liesbet Hooghe, Tobias Lenz, Gary Marks. Forthcoming. Community, Scale and the Design of International Organization: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance, Volume IV. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in progress.

Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks, Tobias Lenz, Jeanine Bezuijen, Besir Ceka, Svet Derderyan [2017]. Measuring International Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance, Volume III. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Table of Contents.

Karen Alter and Liesbet Hooghe [2016]. Regional Dispute Settlement. In Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse (eds). Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 538-58.

Tobias Lenz and Gary Marks [2016]. Regional Institutional Design: Pooling and Delegation. In Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse (eds). Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 518-538.

Tobias Lenz and Alexandr Burilkov [2016]. Institutional Pioneers in World Politics: Regional Institution Building and the Influence of the European Union. European Journal of International Relations DOI: 10.1177/1354066116674261.

Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks [2014]. Delegation and Pooling in International OrganizationsReview of International Organizations 10 (3): 305-28. Online appendix; Replication data and do file.

Gary Marks, Tobias Lenz, Besir Ceka, Brian Burgoon [2014]. Discovering Cooperation: A Contractual Approach to Institutional Change in Regional International Organizations. EUI Working Paper RSCAS 2014/65, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Global Governance Program.

Tobias Lenz, Jeanine Bezuijen, Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks. [2014]. Patterns of International Organization: Task-specific vs. General-Purpose. Politische Vierteljahresschrift PVS Sonderheft 49/2014, S. 131-156.

Liesbet Hooghe, Jeanine Bezuijen, Svet Derderyan, Emanuel Coman [2014]. The Rise of Supranational Courts in International Organizations, Unpublished.

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