In this chapter, we shall look at various theories of international organizations which reflect three dominant schools of thought in International Relations: the realist, the institutionalist and the constructivist schools (among others, see Hasenclever et al. 1997). These schools of thought differ on two counts. First, they make different assumptions about structures and actors in international relations; secondly, they vary in their statements on the causes, design and effects of international organizations. See Table 2.1.
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