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IGOs and the Determinants of Member State Interest Convergence
Unformatted Document Text:  A Theory of Interest Convergence As stated above, the goal of this project is to explain state interest convergence as a result of interaction within IGOs. This requires a focus on states (ultimately pairs of states) as the unit of analysis, although changes in their interests are the result of the interaction of individuals from these states within IGO structures. In this section, I will lay out a theory of how the interaction of individuals from different states within IGOs leads to a change in state interests and then I will generate hypotheses about which IGO attributes are conducive to this process. 1 Essentially, I argue that what matters most is the amount of interaction facilitated by the IGOs in which two states are jointly members. Although I draw on existing theories, I attempt to provide a deductive and generalizable theory of member state interest convergence, which taken as a whole, has implications for the way in which one should approach the study of interest convergence. IGOs are organizations that are created by three or more sovereign states to accomplish some common objective(s). To be considered an IGO, such organizations must hold regular plenary sessions at least once every ten years and possess a permanent secretariat and corresponding headquarters . IGOs therefore bring together the agents of member states within various IGO bodies, including individuals from various member states that work within their secretariats. Through interaction within these bodies, state agents can persuade each other to accept new norms and ideas, thus changing how they define their states’ interests. I argue that explaining state interest convergence requires more than a focus on socialization as it is traditionally defined. Socialization has been defined as “a process of 1 In the larger project, I acknowledge that a change in the state’s interests does not occur unless the state agents who have taken on new ideas through their interaction at the IGO level, transmit their new beliefs to domestic actors. As part of that project, I also theorize about and test state attributes that condition the effects of intra-IGO interaction on interest convergence. 6

Authors: Bondanella, Stacy.
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A Theory of Interest Convergence
As stated above, the goal of this project is to explain state interest convergence as
a result of interaction within IGOs. This requires a focus on states (ultimately pairs of
states) as the unit of analysis, although changes in their interests are the result of the
interaction of individuals from these states within IGO structures. In this section, I will
lay out a theory of how the interaction of individuals from different states within IGOs
leads to a change in state interests and then I will generate hypotheses about which IGO
attributes are conducive to this process.
Essentially, I argue that what matters most is
the amount of interaction facilitated by the IGOs in which two states are jointly members.
Although I draw on existing theories, I attempt to provide a deductive and generalizable
theory of member state interest convergence, which taken as a whole, has implications
for the way in which one should approach the study of interest convergence.
IGOs are organizations that are created by three or more sovereign states to
accomplish some common objective(s). To be considered an IGO, such organizations
must hold regular plenary sessions at least once every ten years and possess a permanent
secretariat and corresponding headquarters . IGOs therefore bring together the agents of
member states within various IGO bodies, including individuals from various member
states that work within their secretariats. Through interaction within these bodies, state
agents can persuade each other to accept new norms and ideas, thus changing how they
define their states’ interests.
I argue that explaining state interest convergence requires more than a focus on
socialization as it is traditionally defined. Socialization has been defined as “a process of
1
In the larger project, I acknowledge that a change in the state’s interests does not occur unless the state
agents who have taken on new ideas through their interaction at the IGO level, transmit their new beliefs to
domestic actors. As part of that project, I also theorize about and test state attributes that condition the
effects of intra-IGO interaction on interest convergence.
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