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The causal relation between the European Union's coherence and effectiveness in international institutions : the Union in the standard-setting procedure of the International Labour Organization

Bregt Saenen (UGent)
(2014)
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This doctoral dissertation explores the causal potential of the European Union’s coherence in relation to its effectiveness in international institutions. Specifically, it does so by tracing and comparing the Union’s interaction with the international context found in the International Labour Organization’s standard-setting procedures on maritime labor (2006), work in fishing (2007), and domestic work (2011). The underlying research objective of this exploratory effort is to make an empirical contribution to the research field on the EU in international institutions. This dissertation situates itself in this field by combining recent insights from the one voice debate and the structural incorporation of the international context. The one voice debate questions the dominant assumption that EU coherence and effectiveness can simply be equated with each other and, moreover, aims to establish a more complex account of their causal relation. Contributing to this debate, this dissertation finds that EU coherence is not always a necessary, nor by itself a sufficient condition for the Union to be effective in ILO standard-setting. Although external coherence does contribute to the Union’s effectiveness, this is first and foremost determined by how this causal factor interacts with the international context in which it finds itself. In addition, while this dissertation primarily makes an empirical contribution to the one voice debate, it also takes an excursion to the meta-theoretical level by outlining the potential benefits of recasting this debate through a critical realist lens.
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Maritime Labor, Work in Fishing, International Labour Organization, International Institutions, Critical Realism, One Voice Debate, Causality, Effectiveness, European Union, Coherence, Domestic Work

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Saenen, Bregt. The Causal Relation between the European Union’s Coherence and Effectiveness in International Institutions : The Union in the Standard-Setting Procedure of the International Labour Organization. Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, 2014.
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Saenen, B. (2014). The causal relation between the European Union’s coherence and effectiveness in international institutions : the Union in the standard-setting procedure of the International Labour Organization. Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Ghent, Belgium.
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Saenen, Bregt. 2014. “The Causal Relation between the European Union’s Coherence and Effectiveness in International Institutions : The Union in the Standard-Setting Procedure of the International Labour Organization.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences.
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Saenen, Bregt. 2014. “The Causal Relation between the European Union’s Coherence and Effectiveness in International Institutions : The Union in the Standard-Setting Procedure of the International Labour Organization.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences.
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Saenen B. The causal relation between the European Union’s coherence and effectiveness in international institutions : the Union in the standard-setting procedure of the International Labour Organization. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences; 2014.
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B. Saenen, “The causal relation between the European Union’s coherence and effectiveness in international institutions : the Union in the standard-setting procedure of the International Labour Organization,” Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Ghent, Belgium, 2014.
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  title        = {{The causal relation between the European Union's coherence and effectiveness in international institutions : the Union in the standard-setting procedure of the International Labour Organization}},
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