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Assorted informal groupings of the major economic and financial powers known as the G-7, G-8 and G-20
Great power groups
An approach that argues that states will decline in significance as expert intergovernmental organizations solve practical problems.
Functionalism
Groups of experts in a specific field who share and are motivated by the same set of scientific ideas and training.
Epistemic communities
Problems that can be resolved by informal means rather than institutional cooperation.
Coordination problems
Problems that can be resolved only when parties cooperate, usually through institutional means.
Collaboration problems
An approach that argues that intergovernmental organizations, such as the institutions of the European Community/Union, transform state loyalties and identities directly.
Neofunctionalism
The principal general-purpose intergovernmental organization that deals with collective security, economic and social development, and international law and human rights.
United Nations (UN)
The claim of a state that it can prosecute perpetrators of war crimes anywhere in the world.
Universal jurisdiction
Share of money that each country provides to the International Monetary Fund for lending, which determines its voting power.
IMF quota
Organizations whose members come from and are limited to a specific geographical region of the world.
Regional organizations
Institutions above the level of the state, like the European Commission, that are motivated by common, rather than state-specific, goals.
Supranational institutions
A supranational organization that in 1993 superseded the European Communities and now unites European democracies in specific policy areas.
European Union
A way of reconciling different regulatory standards across nations by requiring that product standards accepted in one country be recognized by all participants.
Mutual recognition
The organ of the European Union that has the exclusive authority to initiate legislation and pursue the goals of an ever-closer union.
European Commission
The assembly that brings together the member states of the European Union.
Council of the European Union
Summit meetings of the Council of the European Union, involving heads of state and government, that deal with cross-cutting and controversial issues.
European Council
The principle that decisions by international organizations are made by weighted majority votes, as in the European Union today.
qualified majority voting (QMV)
The principal legislative body and only directly elected institution in the European Union.
European Parliament
The criticism made of the European Union that it is not directly accountable to the people it represents.
Democratic deficit
The judicial body that has the power to interpret and enforce European Community treaties and law.
European Court of Justice (ECJ)
The right of civilians, as well as states, to bring cases before a court, uncommon in international law until recently.
Individual standing
The banking institution whose Governing Council controls the money supply and sets short-term interest rates for the European Union
European Central Bank (ECB)
A 2004 European Union document, not yet ratified, which significantly increased the extent of European unity.
European constitution
A 2009 treaty that implements many of the provisions of the unratified European constitution by intergovernmental agreement.
Lisbon Treaty