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Duncan Snidal

Senior Research Fellow

Research Interests: Problems of international cooperation and institutions.

Duncan Snidal, Professor of International Relations and fellow of Nuffield College and the British Academy, researches problems of international cooperation and institutions–including international law and international organizations–with an emphasis on institutional design. His current projects focus on multi-partner governance of transnational production and the emergence of informal international organizations (such as the G20) as distinctive forms of international governance. He is cofounder and editor of the journal International Theory.

Duncan Snidal


The Spectrum of International Institutions: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Global Governance (co-edited with Kenneth Abbott) Routledge 2021

The Governor’s Dilemma: Indirect Governance Beyond Principals and Agents (co-edited with Kenneth Abbott, Philipp Genschel, and Bernhard Zangl) OUP 2020

Regulatory Intermediaries in the Age of Governance (with Kenneth W. Abbott and David Levi-Faur), editors. Special issue of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Vol 670, March 2017.

"Cooperation by Treaty: The Role of Multilateral Powers." 70, Fall, 2016:823-44. International Organization, (with Karolina Milewicz)

“Two Logics of Indirect Governance” (with Kenneth Abbott, Philipp Genschel, and Bernhard Zangl). British Journal of Political Science. 46(4): 719-729 (2016).

International Organizations as Orchestrators (with Kenneth Abbott, Philipp Genschel, and Bernhard Zangl, eds.). Cambridge University Press 2015. 

Institutional Choice in Global Commerce: Governance Strategies from the 19th Century to the Present (with Joseph Jupille and Walter Mattli), Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Rational Design of International Institutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004) with B. Koremenos, and C. Lipson, originally published as a special issue of International Organization.