Concentration despite competition : the organizational ecology of technical assistance providers

Authors: Morin, Jean-Frédéric
Abstract: When international organizations expand and proliferate, why do they fail to spread more evenly in their policy sphere? To answer this question, this article builds on organizational ecology theory, which was recently introduced into the study of inter- national organizations. However, rather than studying each population separately, as previous studies have done, this article investigates how distinct populations with overlapping niches shape each other’s evolution. It argues that when inter-population competition occurs, the first population to occupy its niche at a high density limits the long-term development of other populations. This is the case even if emerging popu- lations may temporarily enjoy a higher growth rate. The argument is illustrated by a study of the relations between four populations of technical assistance providers in the field of intellectual property. By doing so, the article brings for the first time inter- population relations in the study of international organizations and provides an expla- nation for the persistent concentration of international organizations in specific areas of the governance space.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 21 August 2018
Open Access Date: 21 August 2019
Document version: AM
This document was published in: The Review of International Organizations, 1-33 (August 2018)
Alternative version: 10.1007/s11558-018-9322-7
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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