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13 · JUNE · 2019

Call for Papers: Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance 2020

“Navigating Complexity: Understanding Interactions Between International Institutions”

Global cooperation has become increasingly complex. Institutional overlaps and interlinkages are becoming more common. In some cases, these have generated conflict and systemic effects that undermine the effectiveness of cross-border rules and the scope for accountability. Yet, in others, governance entrepreneurs have fostered connections between institutions, trying to manage tensions and build bridges between previously distinct governance arrangements. Our knowledge of these dynamics has improved over the past few years, but many questions remain:

  • How can we conceptualize different kinds of institutional interactions?
  • What drives dynamics of change within certain kinds of inter-institutional relationships?
  • What are the broader impacts of these developments for the effectiveness and accountability of both individual institutions and regimes?
  • How can linkages between governance arrangements be made more productive?

In this iteration of the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance we seek to explore these difficult but pressing questions, bringing together a dynamic group of scholars working on them from different theoretical approaches and analytical traditions. We are open to proposals exploring these issues from a range of perspectives, but are especially interested in those engaged with research on regime complexity, multi-level governance, interorganizational relations, organizational ecology, and interactions between public and private authority.


The Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance is a venue for the study of global governance—its dynamics, effects, and problems—from an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together scholarship from international relations, law, sociology, anthropology, political theory, public administration and history. Its 6th edition will be held on 23 and 24 January 2020 in Barcelona.

The workshop is organized by ESADEgeo (ESADE Business School’s Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics) and IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals).

Confirmed speakers

Confirmed speakers include Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni (Cambridge University), Jessica Green (University of Toronto), Randall Henning (American University), Liesbet Hooghe (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Kal Raustiala (UCLA Law School), and Javier Solana (ESADEgeo).

Paper submissions

We invite abstract proposals from interested scholars from all disciplines. Proposals should not exceed 500 words in length. Preferred format for all submissions is PDF. Please send your proposals as an attachment to info@bcnwgg.net and insert “Submission: Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance” as the subject line of the message.

The deadline for abstracts is 15 July 2019, at 23:55 CET.

All proposals will undergo peer review and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 31 July 2019. Full papers are expected to be delivered by 6 January 2020 for circulation among participants.

We expect to be able to cover participants’ accommodation expenses, and hope to be able to contribute to transport costs where this is necessary.

Organizing Committee

Miriam Bradley, IBEI
Charles Roger, IBEI
Angel Saz-Carranza, ESADEgeo
Marie Vandendriessche, ESADEgeo

⬇️ Download the Call for Papers in pdf version