The Political Economy of International Organizations

Upcoming  PEIO V: Villanova takes over from Zurich

The series of conferences on the Political Economy of International Organizations (PEIO) continues with PEIO V in Villanova (Philadelphia) on January 26-28, 2012. If you want to submit a paper, note that the call is already out. PEIO starts to be known for its good discussions, for the fruitful exchange between economists and political scientists, and for the broad mix of participants with a relatively even balance of people from both sides of the big pond.

But be aware, places are in high demand. For PEIO IV in Zurich (at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich) on January 13-15, 2011, we could accept only about 15% of paper submissions for presentations and another 15% for posters. And this despite the fact that many other submissions were very interesting and of high quality, too! Hard decisions to make… But there is a deliberate choice to limit the number of participants to a group that allows exchange and network building, thereby generating a very special atmosphere.

The basic idea of the upcoming PEIO V and its predecessors in Zurich 2011 (Switzerland), Georgetown 2010 (USA), Geneva 2009 (Switzerland) and Ascona 2008 (Switzerland) is the following:

Many economists and political scientists work on the political economy of different international organizations, like the UN, the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO or the EU. And the work of these people largely overlaps. Yet, there are, so far, only few other platforms encouraging the exchange across disciplines. The current deficiencies in communication across disciplines are immediately obvious when looking at citations in economic and political science journals. With our series of conferences, we intend to bridge the communication gap and to establish a more sustainable basis for the international and interdisciplinary exchange on this subject.

Prior experience shows that this exchange can become very lively. And this is true not just for the individual presentations, but also for the poster session that is an important part of PEIO conferences with many first class papers and assigned discussants (in addition to discussions with other interested participants).

An international organizing committee was created in 2008 to ensure the follow-up, shape the orientation of future conferences and referee the papers submitted in response to our call for papers. The 2012 program committee includes:

Thomas Bernauer (ETH Zurich, CIS), Lawrence Broz (University of California, San Diego), Axel Dreher (University of Heidelberg), Simon Hug (University of Geneva), Christopher Kilby (Villanova University), Stephen Knack (World Bank), Helen Milner (Princeton University), Katharina Michaelowa (University of Zurich, CIS), Randall Stone (University of Rochester), Sturm, Jan-Egbert (ETH Zurich, KOF), Michael J. Tierney (College of William and Mary), James Raymond Vreeland (Georgetown University), Eric Werker (Harvard Business School).

The distinguished guest speaker for 2012 will be Jagdish N. Bhagwati, Professor of Economics and Law, Columbia University.

Interested? Then do not miss the deadline for submissions (only full papers!) on September 30. Papers should be mailed to

For further details on the upcoming conference in Villanova as well as on past conferences, please see our PEIO website at:

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