Last updated: November 23, 2018.
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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: OUP. Table of Contents* || Chapter One (From Concept to Measure) || Chapter Two (How We Apply the Coding Scheme)

A separate book develops a theory of international organization (IO). How can one make sense of the variation in the institutional design of IOs? Some IOs have just a few member states, while others span the globe. Some target a specific problem, while others have policy portfolios as broad as national states. Some are captured entirely by their member states, while others have independent courts, secretariats, parliaments. We show how each IO is an attempt to balance two forces: the functional impetus to tackle problems that spill beyond national borders through joint decision-making, and a communal desire for self-rule that can dampen cooperation where transnational community is thin.

Liesbet Hooghe, Tobias Lenz, Gary Marks. 2019. A Theory of International Organization. Oxford: OUP, forthcoming. Table of Contents.

                                            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_stata15 or MIA stata13  (version of 08/23/18)








*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. Chapter Three scales up indicators to two dimensions of international authority, delegation and pooling, and provides a glimpse on how delegation and pooling vary 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 [UPDATED 08.23.18]

Excel files with coding by IO

The coding for each IO is summarized in a single excel per IO, which we group here by geographical scope. The excel file follows the coding scheme, which taps the structure and composition of IO bodies and their role in decision making at decision stages and across decision areas.

When you consult the coding on a specific IO, it is useful to have two additional documents at hand: the coding scheme, and the excel manual, which takes you through the excel file step-by-step. If you just want to skim the excel, please know that columns summarize scoring on specific components of the IO decision process, whereby each column refers to a question in the coding scheme, and that rows refer to the IO bodies or decision modes that affect IO decision making on a specific component in a given year. We start a new set of rows for each year in which a change is detected in one of the columns.

Publications/Working papers from team members

Liesbet Hooghe, Tobias Lenz, Gary Marks. In press. A Theory of International Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Table of Contents

Liesbet Hooghe, Tobias Lenz, Gary Marks. 2018. Contested World Order: The Delegitimation of International Governance,Review of International Organizations, published online []

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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