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IGOs and the Determinants of Member State Interest Convergence
Unformatted Document Text:  Interests – Exogenous or Endogenous to Interaction? Although the idea that interests are endogenous to interaction is not novel, Institutionalist researchers have consistently controlled for interests when looking for the effects of IGOs on state behavior. The main proponents of treating interests as endogenous to interaction have been constructivist scholars, who argue that, by controlling for interests, these studies are missing one way in which IGOs may ultimately affect state behavior. One research agenda emanating from the constructivist approach focuses on socialization, a macro-process through which state identities and ultimately state interests are transformed through their interaction with one another . However, that work consists almost exclusively of studies involving a small number of cases, which do not allow one to sufficiently control for the various factors that affect changes in state interests or to examine the effects of IGOs with varying attributes over long periods of time. There have been some large-N studies of socialization, but they have focused on the socialization of individuals within a particular IGO . Moreover, because of the level of analysis of these studies, they often fail to explain and test for a long-term convergence of state interests as a result of intra-IGO interaction, but rather explain only the socialization of individual state agents and/or the effect this has on particular bargaining outcomes. In addition to restrictions in sample size, most studies of socialization have restricted their analyses to the effects of European institutions, which some argue to be a “relatively easy case,” for testing socialization theory . These studies have contributed in important ways to theorizing about socialization, but there is an open question as to 3

Authors: Bondanella, Stacy.
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Interests – Exogenous or Endogenous to Interaction?
Although the idea that interests are endogenous to interaction is not novel,
Institutionalist researchers have consistently controlled for interests when looking for the
effects of IGOs on state behavior. The main proponents of treating interests as
endogenous to interaction have been constructivist scholars, who argue that, by
controlling for interests, these studies are missing one way in which IGOs may ultimately
affect state behavior.
One research agenda emanating from the constructivist approach focuses on
socialization, a macro-process through which state identities and ultimately state interests
are transformed through their interaction with one another . However, that work consists
almost exclusively of studies involving a small number of cases, which do not allow one
to sufficiently control for the various factors that affect changes in state interests or to
examine the effects of IGOs with varying attributes over long periods of time. There
have been some large-N studies of socialization, but they have focused on the
socialization of individuals within a particular IGO . Moreover, because of the level of
analysis of these studies, they often fail to explain and test for a long-term convergence of
state interests as a result of intra-IGO interaction, but rather explain only the socialization
of individual state agents and/or the effect this has on particular bargaining outcomes.
In addition to restrictions in sample size, most studies of socialization have
restricted their analyses to the effects of European institutions, which some argue to be a
“relatively easy case,” for testing socialization theory . These studies have contributed in
important ways to theorizing about socialization, but there is an open question as to
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