At this year’s APSA I will present two new papers on the implications of informal governance in international organizations. The first paper (with Allison Carnegie) exploits two sources of exogenous variation in the deployment of UN peace operations to present the first cleanly identified estimate of the effect of UN peacekeeping on the plight of civilians in civil war. The second paper investigates issue linkage across international organizations. It shows that EU member states are more successful in bargaining over the EU budget while they hold a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, where they can promote security interests of other European countries; in turn, they can use their influence to secure economic side-payments in the form of larger receipts from the EU budget.
I will present the paper on the effect of UN peace operations on the panel on compliance in international politics at the Hilton Golden Gate 1 on Friday from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. The paper on issue linkage across international organizations will be featured on the panel on delegation and cooperation in international organizations at the Hilton Union Square 13 on Thursday between 2:00 and 3:45 p.m.